North Korea launches 'ballistic missile' out to sea hours after US warned nuke attacks would 'end Kim's regime' | The Sun

NORTH Korea has fired an unidentified type of ballistic missile on Sunday, Japan's Coast Guard has said.

The launch just comes hours after the United States warned that nuclear attacks could "end Kim Jong Un's regime".

"According to the Ministry of Defense, a possible ballistic missile was launched from North Korea," a post from Japanese outlet UN NERV read on X.

"Vessels should pay attention to future information, and if they observe a fallen object, they should report the relevant information to the Japan Coast Guard without approaching it."

South Korea's military also verified the launch from its Northern neighbour towards the sea, confirming it was a short-range missile, Yonhap News Agency reports.

The missile launch comes just hours after America warned North Korea that any nuclear attack against the nation or its allies "is unacceptable and will result in the end of the (Kim Jong) Un regime," a joint US-South Korean statement said on Saturday.

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"The U.S. side reiterated that any nuclear attack by the DPRK against the ROK will be met with a swift, overwhelming, and decisive response," the statement said.

As part of their promise to exchange more information on preparations for a potential conflict with North Korea, the United States and the Republic of Korea organised the second meeting of the Nuclear Consultative Group (NCG).

Both countries discussed nuclear deterrence in Washington on Friday.

A variety of ballistic missiles that can strike targets in South Korea, Japan, and the US mainland have been developed and tested by Pyongyang, Reuters reports.

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Kim Tae-hyo, South Korea's deputy national security adviser said on Friday that North Korea may test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile this month, which was considered a nuclear threat regardless of its range because it can carry a nuclear warhead.

The third NCG will be convened in Korea next summer.

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