North Korea launched a missile towards the Sea of Japan – DW – 03/19/2023
North Korea on the morning of Sunday, March 19, launched a short-range ballistic missile from an area in the north of Pyongyang province towards the Sea of Japan, the Yonhap news agency reported, citing the South Korean army. The Reuters agency transmits data from the Ministry of Defense of Japan: a North Korean missile rose to a height of 50 km and covered a distance of 800 kilometers. The Japanese Coast Guard added that the object fell into the sea.
It’s already Third North Korean missile test since March 12, when the largest joint military exercises in the last five years started South Korea and the United States under the code name Warrior Shield. North Korea has said it sees the exercise as an “invasion drill,” although Seoul and Washington have stressed that it’s only defense training.
North Korea conducted missile tests earlier this year 1st of January, 19 And February 20th. In 2022, North Korea launched more missiles than ever, with more than 50 missile tests, despite UN Security Council resolutions calling for them to end.
Seoul threatens to suspend inter-Korean agreement
On January 3, President Yoon Seok-yeol instructed the National Security Administration of the Republic of Korea consider suspending the inter-Korean military agreement dated September 19, 2018 to reduce tensions if “North Korea commits another provocation.” This was a reaction to the intrusion of North Korean unmanned aerial vehicles into South Korean airspace.