The South Korean military has announced that North Korea launched an unidentified projectile early Sunday morning.
The unidentified projectile was fired from North Korea’s west coast, citing a South Korean military official.
The South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that the object appeared to be a ballistic missile but the nature of the launch was not immediately clear.
Yonhap reports the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff did not say whether the apparent launch was successful.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office on Wednesday following his victory in Tuesday’s closely watched presidential election. Moon, the country’s first liberal leader in a decade, said he would be open to visiting the rival North.
“I will quickly move to solve the crisis in national security. I am willing to go anywhere for the peace of the Korean Peninsula — if needed, I will fly immediately to Washington. I will go to Beijing and I will go to Tokyo. If the conditions shape up, I will go to Pyongyang,” Moon said in his first address to the country’s National Assembly.
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