May 19, 2024
North Korea launched a missile over the weekend that landed in the Sea of Japan, South Korean officials confirmed.

North Korea launched a missile over the weekend that landed in the Sea of Japan, South Korean officials confirmed.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff reported the launch happened just before 7 a.m. KST Sunday, which was about 6 p.m. EST Saturday, but did not share the missile’s range or trajectory. This launch came just before the South Korean military’s planned large-scale military drills.

A U.S. aircraft carrier arrived in South Korea shortly before the launch in preparation for Vice President Kamala Harris’s trip across Asia, where she plans to visit South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. Harris is making the trip primarily for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s funeral on Sept. 27.

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North Korean flags are seen on flagpoles in Pyongyang, North Korea.
North Korean flags are seen on flagpoles in Pyongyang, North Korea.
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The last time North Korea launched missiles was in June when it launched eight short-range missiles, triggering the United States to call for U.N. sanctions against the country for violating United Nations Security Council resolutions.

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