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North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile

South Korea’s military reported that North Korea launched a ballistic missile towards the sea off its east coast on May 17. While details about the projectile and its trajectory were not immediately disclosed, this launch adds to a series of recent missile tests conducted by North Korea.

The country has been actively testing ballistic and cruise missiles, as well as tactical rockets, as part of its efforts to enhance its defensive capabilities. This development coincides with a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin, adding to regional tensions and geopolitical dynamics.