North Korea has fired an unidentified projectile into waters off its east coast on Saturday.
The South Korean military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed that “North Korea fires at least one projectile into East Sea,” referring to the Sea of Japan.
The launch comes just three days after North Korea previously fired a missile, as warnings mount that it could carry out a nuclear test.
Japan’s coast guard, citing its Defense Ministry, said that North Korea had launched an object which is “likely to be a ballistic missile,” and cautioned its vessels to be aware.
The launch is believed to be Pyongyang’s 15th weapons test so far during the current year.
On Wednesday, North Korea test-fired what South Korean and Japan reported to be was a ballistic missile. Pyongyang’s state media — which usually reports on weapons tests — did not comment on the event.
In spite of crippling international sanctions over its weapons programs, Pyongyang has radically increased frequency of testing this year while paying no heed to the United States’ offers of talks.