North Korea launches projectile in apparent weapons test

South Korea says North Korea fired an unidentified projectile

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says North Korea fired an unidentified projectile.

South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff say the launch took place on Wednesday, but did not provide further details.

The launch came days after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vowed to accelerate nuclear weapons development and threatened to use them if provoked in a speech at a massive military parade in Pyongyang.

The launch also appears to be the latest in a series of weapons tests by North Korea, which experts say are aimed at increasing its arsenal and pressuring its rivals to relax international sanctions.

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