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North Korea Launches Unidentified Projectile Off Its East Coast, South Korea Says


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said the country would pursue high-tech weapons to counter what he called military instability on the Korean Peninsula.



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SEOUL—North Korea launched an unidentified projectile off its east coast on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said, marking the

Kim Jong Un

regime’s second weapons test in under a week.

The weapon type, exact time of the launch and flight distance couldn’t immediately be learned.

North Korea said last week that it had tested a hypersonic missile, with state media reporting the weapon’s warhead had detached from its rocket booster and hit a target more than 400 miles away. Before that Jan. 5 ballistic missile launch, Pyongyang hadn’t conducted a weapons test since October.

In a year-end policy speech, Mr. Kim said the country would pursue high-tech weapons to counter what he called military instability on the Korean Peninsula.

On Monday, the U.S., U.K., Japan and three other countries condemned North Korea’s weapons launch last week in a joint statement delivered by

Linda Thomas-Greenfield,

the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The countries urged North Korea to halt “further destabilizing actions” and return to nuclear talks, according to the statement.

The U.N. Security Council is expected to discuss North Korea’s weapons tests at a Tuesday meeting.

Washington and Pyongyang haven’t held formal nuclear talks in more than two years.

Write to Timothy W. Martin at timothy.martin@wsj.com

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