Seoul says North Korea fired projectile into sea

South Korea says North Korea fired an unidentified projectile into waters east of North Korea in what appears to be its second weapons launch in a week

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired an unidentified projectile into the waters east of North Korea, South Korea said, in what appeared to be its second weapons launch in a week.

The projectile launch comes as North Korea continues to flex its military might in a self-imposed pandemic blockade and stalled nuclear talks with the United States.

North Korea fired at least one weapon early on Tuesday, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, but did not immediately say whether it was a ballistic missile or how far it flew.

The launch came six days after North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea on Jan. 5 in what it later said was a successful test of a hypersonic missile.

A few days ago, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed at a major political meeting to strengthen his military despite facing difficulties related to the pandemic.

U.S.-led diplomacy over North Korea’s nuclear program has stalled since 2019 amid disputes over international sanctions against North Korea. The Biden administration has repeatedly called for a resumption of nuclear diplomacy “anytime, anywhere” without preconditions, but North Korea has argued that the U.S. must first withdraw its hostility to North Korea before any talks can resume.