North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile

Pyongyang is angry over alleged US spy plane
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 12, 2023 12:00 AM CDT
North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile
FILE - In this file photo provided on June 19, 2023, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, attends an enlarged plenary meeting of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee, which was held between June 16 and 18, at the party's headquarters in Pyongyang, North Korea.   (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

North Korea launched a ballistic missile toward its eastern waters Wednesday, its neighbors said, two days after the North threatened "shocking" consequences to protest what it called a provocative US reconnaissance activity near its territory, the AP reports. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says the launch was made on Wednesday morning but gave no further details such as how far the weapon flew. Japan's Defense Ministry said it also detected a possible ballistic missile launch by North Korea. The launch, the North's first weapons firing in about a month, came after North Korea earlier this week released a series of statements accusing the United States of flying a military plane close to North Korea to spy on the North. The United States and South Korea dismissed the North's accusations and urged it to refrain from any acts or rhetoric that raises animosities.

In a statement Monday night, Kim Yo Jong, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, claimed that the US spy plane flew over the North's eastern exclusive economic zone eight times earlier in the day. She claimed the North scrambled warplanes to chase away the US plane. "A shocking incident would occur in the long run in the 20-40 kilometer section in which the US spy planes habitually intrude into the sky above the economic water zone" of North Korea, Kim Yo Jong said. North Korea has made numerous similar threats over alleged US reconnaissance activities, but its latest statements came amid heightened animosities over North Korea's barrage of missile tests earlier this year.

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