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S. Korea ‘Closely Monitoring’ North for New Missile Launch

The South Korean military is “closely monitoring” North Korea for another potential missile launch, the country’s news agency reported on Thursday.

According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), while there is no certainty of such an exercise in the meantime, they are closely working with US intelligence authorities to monitor such a launch.

North Korea Missile Tests

North Korea conducted multiple missile launches in September, ratcheting up tensions with the South.

In one launch, the country test-fired a new “long-range cruise missile,” demonstrating its advanced nuclear capabilities. These advanced systems are reportedly able to get past the current defense and detection systems of South Korea and Japan.

In their latest reported missile test, North Korea asserted their right to test weapons, saying that “nobody can deny the right to self-defense for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un‘s influential sister Kim Yo Jong, called for “impartiality” and mutual respect from the South, and for it to “stop spouting an impudent remark.”

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