North Korea releases unspecified ballistic missile as tensions erupt

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    South Korea says North Korea has fired a ballistic missile toward its eastern waters.

    "North Korea fires unspecified ballistic missile towards the East Sea,” Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Friday, referring to the body of water also known as the Sea of Japan.

    The statement gave no further details of the launch, including how far the missile flew.

    The launch comes just four days after Pyongyang and Seoul exchanged warning shots off the west coast amid escalating military tension.

    On Tuesday, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said the North was preparing to conduct another nuclear test, which would be its seventh.

    "It appears they have already completed preparations for a seventh nuclear test," he told parliament during a budget address.

    On Wednesday, the United States, South Korea and Japan warned that an “unparalleled” response would be warranted if North Korea conducts a seventh test of a nuclear weapon.

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