South Korea's military announced Sunday that North Korea has fired a missile likely to be a ballistic missile designed to be launched from a submarine toward the Sea of Japan.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that Pyongyang fired the missile off the eastern port of Sinbo, where North Korea has a submarine-building basin, but did not immediately specify how far the missile had reached.
It was also unclear whether the launch was from an actual submarine or an underwater test platform, the Associated Press reported.
The Japanese Defense Ministry confirmed the launch, without giving any details.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida instructed his country's officials to prepare for all "unexpected positions" and ensure the safety of aircraft and ships.
The launch came three days after the South Korean and Japanese armies discovered that North Korea had fired a likely ballistic missile from near its capital, Pyongyang, on Wednesday, three days before the inauguration of South Korean President-elect Yoon Sok-yul, who has pledged to take a tougher approach to North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
On Wednesday, the United Nations called on North Korea to comply fully with Security Council resolutions on its missile programs.
Since 2006, North Korea has been subject to a series of economic, trade and military sanctions, under annual UN Security Council resolutions, for its ballistic and nuclear missile programmes.
source: anadolu agency.
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