North Korea fired an “unidentified projectile” on Sunday, according to the South Korean military, the latest in a series of missile tests carried out by Pyongyang in recent weeks.
It is North Korea’s seventh weapons test so far this year, as the regime flexes its military muscle while ignoring US offers of dialogue.
The last time North Korea tested so many weapons in a month was in 2019, after high-profile negotiations between dictator Kim Jong Un and then-US President Donald Trump collapsed.
Since then, talks with the United States have stalled, with the country reeling economically from scathing international sanctions and a self-imposed coronary lockdown.
Pyongyang carried out two weapons tests last week, and has conducted at least four other weapons tests this month – including what it called hypersonic missiles on January 5 and 11.
Earlier this month, North Korea hinted that it might resume long-range and nuclear weapons tests, which have been suspended since 2017.
The North’s saber rattling comes at a sensitive time in the region, as leader Kim’s only major ally, China, hosts the Winter Olympics next month and South Korea prepares for a presidential election in March.