© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un attends a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at the Vostochny Сosmodrome in the far eastern Amur region, Russia, September 13, 2023. Sputnik/Vladimir Smirnov/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
SEOUL (Reuters) -North Korea fired a ballistic missile off its east coast on Sunday, South Korea said.
A projectile believed to be the missile has already fallen, according to the Japanese coast guard, which also said it could be a ballistic missile.
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are running high after Pyongyang launched its first military spy satellite in November.
In December, North Korea said it had tested its newest intercontinental ballistic missile to gauge the war readiness of its nuclear force against mounting U.S. hostility, as Washington and its allies began operating a real-time missile data sharing system.