The Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul said in a statement, “North Korea launched an unspecified ballistic missile toward the East Sea,” also known as the Sea of Japan.
For its part, the Japanese Coast Guard stated that a projectile was believed to have fallen from the North Korean missile, adding that it may have been a ballistic missile.
Last December, North Korea said it had tested its latest intercontinental ballistic missiles to test the war readiness of its nuclear force in the face of “escalating American hostility,” while Washington and its allies activated a system to exchange missile data in real time.
North Korea's last missile test took place on December 18, when it launched a solid-fueled Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missile toward the east.
Relations between the two Koreas have been deteriorating since leader Kim Jong Un committed to strengthening his country's status as a nuclear power and resuming advanced intercontinental ballistic missile tests.