DPRK fires projectile toward East Sea, says ROK military



The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired an unidentified projectile toward the East Sea on Saturday, the military of the Republic of Korea (ROK) said, three days before the inauguration of ROK President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol.

The ROK's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile was fired at 2:07 p.m. local time from the Sinpo area of the DPRK's east coast.

Japan's defense ministry said in a tweet that the projectile could be a ballistic missile.

Three days ago, Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile toward the sea off its east coast, the ROK and Japan said, after Kim Jong Un vowed to develop the DPRK's nuclear forces "at the fastest possible speed."

ROK's Yoon is set to take office on Tuesday. The president-elect has vowed to take a hard line against Pyongyang but says he is open to dialogue and willing to meet Kim.