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    North Korea Launches Unidentified Projectile Toward Sea of Japan - Seoul

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    The news comes after Pyongyang stated it had successfully test-fired a new submarine-launched ballistic missile earlier in the month, warning that any possible aggression against North Korea would be deflected.

    According to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JSC), two unidentified objects were fired towards the sea to its east on Thursday. Seoul has noted that its military is closely monitoring the situation. Later in the day, Seoul said that the projectiles were short-ranged and flew 370 kilometres at an altitude of 90 kilometres.

    Tokyo also addressed the incident, stressing that Japan isn't ruling out ballistic missile launches by North Korea.

    Russian Envoy to Pyongyang Alexander Matsegora, however, noted that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will keep his promise not to test nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles until the end of this year.

    What appears to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) flies in an undisclosed location in this undated picture released by North Korea's Central News Agency (KCNA) on October 2, 2019
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    What appears to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) flies in an undisclosed location in this undated picture released by North Korea's Central News Agency (KCNA) on October 2, 2019

    North Korea has recently fired other unidentified projectiles from the coastal city of Wonsan. All the projectiles, launched this year followed a similar pattern and were closely monitored by Japan, South Korea, and the US. At the same time, Pyongyang insists it is ready to continue talks with the US, aiming for the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

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    Sea of Japan, missile launch, South Korea, Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK)
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