Nuclear-armed North Korea has fired an unidentified missile into the high seas off its eastern coast, the South Korean military said Tuesday.
So far there have been no details from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff regarding the test.
The missile launch came days after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, a top adviser to her brother, raised the possibility of holding a conference between the two Koreas.
But he stressed that “impartiality and mutual respect must be respected”, and South Korea must stop “disrespectful comments.”
He denounced South Korea’s “double standards” and US criticism of North Korea’s military build-up, while the two allies are building their own military capacities.
North Korea is also scheduled to open a session of its parliament, the Supreme People’s Council, on Tuesday.
In recent days, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, whose term is only a few months away, has reiterated his call for an official declaration marking the end of the Korean War.
The North invaded the South in 1950, and the war was stopped three years later, but only in a truce, while there was never a peace agreement.
Pyongyang is now facing various international sanctions over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programme. (jm/my)