The launch came after North Korea conducted seven rounds of missile tests, including the launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile launch on January 30.
Sunday morning launch would be the Kim Jong-un regime’s eighth show of force this year.
A maritime safety warning from Japan’s Coast Guard issued a maritime safety said “an object possibly ballistic missile” was launched from North Korea and that it probably landed in the sea.
Vessels in the area were warned to stay away from objects that may have fallen from the air and to report them to authorities.
North Korea last month conducted seven rounds of missile tests in what some experts called an attempt to perfect its weapons technology and pressure Joe Biden’s administration to make concessions like relief from economic sanctions.
North Korea later halted testing activity after the start of the Winter Olympics in China, which is its last major major ally and economic pipeline. Some experts had predicted North Korea would resume tests and possible launch bigger weapons after the Olympics.
Last month, North Korea said that it was lifting its yearslong self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests suggesting it could engage in further provocative actions down the road.
The continued sabre-rattling from Pyongyang comes amid a deadlock in nuclear talks with Washington.
Sunday’s launch comes a month after North Korea fired a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile, the largest weapon fired since 2017, in a test that capped a record month of mostly short-range missile launches in January.
Amid stalled denuclearization talks with the United States, North Korea has suggested it could resume testing its longer-range missiles or even nuclear weapons.
Source: Dailymail UK