North Korea Fired Ballistic Missile, South Says

South Korean and U.S. Naval Vessels including aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan take part in a joint navy exercise off South Korea coast, in this handout photo provided by South Korean Navy and released on Thursday. (South Korean Navy/Yonhap via REUTERS)

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea fired a ballistic missile off its east coast on Thursday, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, following the firing of two short-range ballistic missiles a day earlier.

The launch came as U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris visited South Korea to encourage the U.S. ally and amid worries that the North is about to conduct a nuclear test – the seventh since 2006 and its first since 2017.

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