South Korea announces North Korean missile launch after Biden’s visit

In South Korea and Japan, a ballistic missile was launched from the territory of the DPRK in an easterly direction, it fell into the sea. Shortly before the launch, Biden visited these countries, the US allowed Pyongyang's missile tests during his visit

North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile eastwards, the 17th missile launch from North Korean territory, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said, Yonhap reported.

This information was confirmed by the Japanese Ministry of Defense, adding also that the rocket fell into the sea. NHK sources in the Japanese government noted that this happened outside the country's exclusive economic zone.

US President Joe Biden visited South Korea late last week. The White House on the eve of the visit admitted that North Korea could conduct nuclear or missile tests during or after the president's trip, citing intelligence data. Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan then stressed that Washington is ready for all contingencies.

The White House previously reported that Biden's trip will last from May 20 to 24, he will visit South Korea, after which he will pay a visit to Japan. Younhap points out that the US president had already left Japan by the time the rocket was launched.

Intelligence of South Korea in mid-May reported that the DPRK was preparing for the seventh nuclear test, according to their data, Pyongyang determined the time for it. Seoul noted that the North Korean authorities intend to launch “despite the strong spread of the COVID-19 epidemic in the country.”

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