Well-known Chinese news site Sina (NASDAQ: SINA) recently reported that, according to the Korean Central News Agency, North Korea successfully test-fired a ballistic missile using solid fuel. General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and Chairman of the State Council Kim Jong-un guided the test launch. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed the North Korea missile launch into the eastern waters of the Korean Peninsula that day, and the South Korean military is analyzing specific parameters such as the missile type and flight distance. This is North Korea’s first launch of a ballistic missile 17 days after it launched a short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) on March 27, and it is also the ninth ballistic missile launch this year. It is worth noting that Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea, presided over the Sixth Enlarged Meeting of the Eighth Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea on the 10th, emphasizing the necessity of expanding the “war deterrent force.” Also, according to NHK, the Japanese government issued a nationwide instantaneous warning around the same time, indicating that North Korea was suspected of launching a ballistic missile. Later, Japan’s Defense Ministry announced that a ballistic missile launched by North Korea had landed, but did not say where it landed.
Source: Sina, April 4, 2023