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Seoul accuses North Korea of firing ballistic missile toward Yellow sea

N.Korea had said it was ready to take retaliatory action against the US and S.Korea

North Korea missile (File) A US Air Force B-1B bomber (right bottom) flies in formation with South Korea's Air Force F-15K and KF-16, (left bottom) fighters over the South Korea Peninsula during a joint air drill in South Korea | AP

South Korea's military on Thursday said it detected North Korea firing one short-range ballistic missile into the Yellow sea.

The South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the weapon was fired from an area around the western coastal city of Nampo. The South's military did not immediately release an assessment on how far the missile flew.

The missile was fired at about 6.20pm from around Nampo, North Korea, Reuters reported quoting the Joint Chiefs of Staff statement.

The launch came after the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned on Tuesday that her country is ready to take quick, overwhelming action against the United States and South Korea as the allies expand their military training to cope with advancing North Korean nuclear threats.

In a statement on Tuesday, Kim Yo Jong warned of retaliatory action after the US flew a nuclear-capable B-52 bomber in a demonstration of strength against the North. 

“We keep our eye on the restless military moves by the US forces and the South Korean puppet military and are always on standby to take appropriate, quick and overwhelming action at any time according to our judgment,” Kim Yo Jong said in the statement carried by state media.

“The demonstrative military moves and all sorts of rhetoric by the US and South Korea, which go so extremely frantic as not to be overlooked, undoubtedly provide (North Korea) with conditions for being forced to do something to cope with them,” she said. 

(With PTI inputs.)

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