Jan 5, 2022 - World

North Korea launches first ballistic missile in 2 months

People watching a television at the Seoul Railway Station on Jan. 5.

People watching a television at the Seoul Railway Station on Wednesday. Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea on Wednesday, its first launch in roughly two months, according to AP.

Why it matters: The provocation is a signal that North Korea does not intend to rejoin denuclearization talks.

  • South Korea's military said it believes the missile was fired from North Korea’s Jagang province and landed in its eastern waters.

The big picture: The country and its dictator, Kim Jong-un, had been relatively quiet throughout the Biden administration, but Tuesday's launch could indicate that behavior is changing.

  • The country hasn't tested a nuclear weapon or intercontinental ballistic missile since 2017, though it has continued to rebuff talks proposed by the Biden administration, Axios' Dave Lawler reports.

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Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the missile was launched on Wednesday in North Korea, not Tuesday.

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