North Korea fires missile and artillery near border area

North Korea launched yet another ballistic missile early Friday, also unleashing a barrage of artillery and flying a group of warplanes near the border with South Korea, with Seoul vowing to maintain an “overwhelming capability” to counter its neighbor to the north.

Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said the nuclear-armed North had launched at least one short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) into the Sea of Japan at 1:47 a.m. — the latest early morning launch, which observers say is likely an attempt to highlight Pyongyang’s ability to fire missiles at any time from anywhere.

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