Men walk past a TV broadcasting a news report on North Korea firing a ballistic missile off its east coast, in Seoul, South Korea/File: Reuters
SEOUL: North Korea launched a ballistic missile toward its eastern waters on Thursday, South Korea’s military said, hours after the North threatened to launch “fiercer” military responses to the U.S. bolstering of its security commitment to its allies South Korea and Japan.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a brief statement that it detected the launch from North Korea but gave no further details, such as how far the weapon flew and where it landed.
Earlier Thursday, North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son Hue warned that a recent U.S.-South Korea-Japan summit accord on the North would leave tensions on the Korean Peninsula “more unpredictable.”
Choe’s statement was North Korea’s first official response to President Joe Biden’s trilateral summit with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts in Cambodia on Sunday.
In their joint statement, the three leaders strongly condemned North Korea’s recent missile tests and agreed to work together to strengthen deterrence, while Biden reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to defend South Korea and Japan with a full range of capabilities, including its nuclear arms.