North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile into sea, Japan says


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North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile off its east coast on Wednesday, authorities in the region reported, underscoring leader Kim Jong-un’s New Year vow to bolster the military to counter an unstable international situation. Japan ’s coastguard, which first reported the launch, said it could be a ballistic missile, but did not provide further details. “Since last year, North Korea has repeatedly launched missiles, which is very regrettable,” Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters. South Korea ’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said North Korea fired an unidentified projectile off the east coast, without elaborating. Kim talks food, Covid...