December 18, 2023
SEOUL – North Korea fired a suspected long-range ballistic missile into sea off the east coast of the peninsula Monday morning, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
The projectile was fired eastward from Pyongyang at around 8:24 a.m. after a short-range ballistic missile was launched into the sea east of North Korea less than 10 hours ago at around 10:38 p.m. the previous day.
The firing follows the second meeting of the Nuclear Consultative Group, a South Korea-US body for implementing the Washington Declaration, convened in Washington ahead of the weekend.
Kim Tae-hyo, the South Korean principal deputy national security adviser, warned North Korea may test its intercontinental ballistic missile sometime in December.