Kim Jong Un controlled a flurry of test fires last year (Photo: AP / Reuters)

North Korea has launched an alleged ballistic missile into the sea.

The launch was confirmed by military officials in Japan and South Korea.

He is said to have been shot at around 5 am, but the exact location of his landing is unknown.

How far the weapon, intended for deployment from the submarine, has not been revealed.

The launch comes after cooling threat plans strengthen North Korea’s nuclear forces at “maximum speed”.

Kim Jong Un previously warned: “If any force, no matter who they are, tries to encroach on our fundamental interests, our nuclear forces will have no choice but to fully carry out their unexpected second mission.”

The Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea said this morning the rocket was launched from waters near the eastern port city of Shinpo, where North Korea has a large shipyard.

It is reported that today is the first demonstration by North Korea of ​​a submarine ballistic system since October last year.

People at Seoul train station watch news of the planned launch (Photo: AP)
Kim Jong Un promises to develop nuclear forces “at the fastest speed” (Photo: AP)

In response to the launch, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida ordered officials to prepare for all “contingencies” and ensure the safety of aircraft and ships.

This morning was the last in a flurry of similar events in North Korea.

Only last week did South Korea and Japan confirm another ballistic missile was recorded heading for the sea.

The launch was reportedly launched from near Pyongyang

It was the 14th shooting in the country this year.

For several months, North Korea has been stepping up its nuclear weapons program amid Russia’s war with Ukraine.

Experts say the fastest test is aimed at the United States in response to sanctions imposed by the country against North Korea.

There are also alarming signs of the military can rebuild tunnels at a nuclear test site in possible preparation for the next explosive test.

Satellite images revealed the construction of buildings, the movement of lumber and an increase in equipment outside the new entrance to the site.

North Korea’s nuclear arsenal was demonstrated during a parade on April 26 (Photo: AFP)
Pyongyang has held an unprecedented number of test launches this year (Photo: AFP)

Meanwhile, the inauguration of South Korean President-elect Yong Suk Yol for a five-year term will take place on Tuesday.

He vowed to boost Seoul’s missile capabilities and strengthen its military alliance with Washington to better cope with the growing North Korean nuclear threat.

US President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit South Korea will meet with Suk Yol on May 21.

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