North Korea has launched three unidentified projectiles, South Korea says

North Korea fired three unidentified projectiles, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. CNN’s David Culver has more.

North Korea fired three unidentified projectiles Monday, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“Our military detected 3 unidentified projectiles fired this morning from the Sondok area in Hamgyong Province, North Korea, toward northeast, toward the East Sea,” the South Korea Defense Ministry said in a text to reporters.

“Currently, our military is monitoring related movement in case of additional launch and is maintaining preparedness.”

The East Sea is also known as the Sea of Japan.

No other details were immediately available.

The launch comes after last week’s firing of two unidentified short-range projectiles from an area near the coastal city of Wonsan into waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

Those projectiles were likely part of North Korea’s military drills for its wintertime exercise, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

Last year, North Korea test-launched missiles 13 times amid stalled denuclearization talks with the United States.

In its New Year’s Day message, Pyongyang warned it will show off a “new strategic weapon” in the near future.

Experts said the “strategic weapon” may mean an advanced type of its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) or a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

This is a developing story. More to come.

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