North Korea confirmed that it had fired a Hwasong-12 "ground-to-ground intermediate- and long-range ballistic missile," in a first test since 2017 of a weapon that powerful.
The ballistic missile has been estimated to have hit a maximum altitude of 2,000 kilometres and flown around 800 kilometres for half an hour, Seoul's military said.
Pyongyang has conducted a string of weapons tests, including hypersonic missiles, as leader Kim Jong-un pursues his avowed goal of further strengthening the military.
Thousands of people smuggle to South Korea over the years, but crossing the border to North Korea is unusual and if caught, likely to be deadly.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US envoy to UN, says Washington has offered to meet North Korean officials without any preconditions "and we have made clear that we hold no hostile intent toward the DPRK."
Restoration of an inter-Korean hotline comes three days after Pyongyang test-fired a newly developed anti-aircraft missile in the fourth round of weapons firings in recent weeks.
The test is part of the fourth round of weapons firings in recent weeks, even as Pyongyang pushes to reopen dormant communication channels with South Korea in a small reconciliation step.
North Korea fires unidentified projectile towards the sea off its east coast amid Pyongyang's calls for US and South Korea to scrap their "hostile policy."
Biggest weapons on display were small artillery pieces dragged by tractors and instead of giant missiles – whether real or models – North Korea paraded a fire brigade unit as it celebrated 73rd founding anniversary of the country.
North Korea could have around 60 nuclear weapons, according to analysts.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reached the agreement during several exchanges of letters since April, the presidential office in Seoul said.
Kim Jong-un’s mention of a “great crisis” created by a “crucial” failure in national pandemic measures triggers outside speculation about how bad the situation in North Korea really is.
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