Today, March 19, North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile towards the sea off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula.

This was reported by Reuters with reference to the Japanese and South Korean military.

The missile was launched from the Dongchangri test site.

It rose to a height of 50 km and covered a distance of 800 kilometers.

According to the Japanese Coast Guard, the object fell into the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

After the missile fell, Japan's coast guard warned all vessels to wait for further information, to stay away from fallen objects and to report anything suspicious.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the military had increased surveillance and vigilance in preparation for additional launches, "while maintaining a state of full readiness through close cooperation with the US."

Shortly after the launch, South Korea's Defense Ministry also said the U.S. had deployed B-1B strategic bombers for joint air exercises that Seoul and Washington said were being conducted to strengthen extended deterrence.

Pyongyang's latest tests coincide with spring joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea, the largest military exercises the allies have held in five years.

Ahead of the 11-day Freedom Shield exercise, North Korea threatened to take "the harshest measures against the cruelest conspiracies of the US and its allies."

This is the third missile test by North Korea since March 12.

Also this year, North Korea conducted missile tests on January 1, February 19 and 20.

In 2022, North Korea launched more missiles than ever, conducting more than 50 missile tests, despite UN Security Council resolutions of protest.

It will be recalled that North Korea assembled an 800,000-strong army in a day for the war against the USA.

According to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, his country's goal is to have the most powerful nuclear force in the world.

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