North Korea fires ballistic missile: Seoul
North Korea fired a ballistic missile yesterday, Seoul's military said, just days after a US aircraft carrier arrived for joint drills with the South in a show of force against Pyongyang.
With talks long-stalled, nuclear-armed North Korea has doubled down on its banned weapons programmes, even revamping its laws earlier this month to declare itself an "irreversible" nuclear power.
South of the border, hawkish new President Yoon Suk-yeol, who vowed on the campaign trail to get tough with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has ramped up South Korea's joint drills with key security ally the US.
Seoul's military "detected one short range missile fired by North Korea at 6:53 today around Taechon in North Pyongan province towards the East Sea," the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.