Seoul, South Korea:
North Korea fired an “unidentified shotgun” on Wednesday, but the shot appeared to have failed immediately, the South Korean military said.
“North Korea fired an unknown shotgun from the Sunan area at around 9:30 a.m. today, but it is believed to have fired and immediately failed,” the Seoul chief said in a statement.
Japanese media reported that North Korea had fired a potential ballistic missile, citing an unnamed Defense Ministry official.
The failed shot will be Pyongyang’s tenth weapons test this year, with seven missile tests and two of what North Korea said were “knowledge satellites.”
South Korea and the United States said last week that the tests were part of a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system called a “missile monster” that had never been tested before.
North Korea is already subject to international sanctions for its missile and nuclear weapons program, but the United States said the tests were “serious escalation” and would be punished.
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