North Korea Fires Short-Range Missile, Continuing Recent Spree of Weapons Tests

Launch comes days after Pyongyang promised a ‘sustained, resolute and overwhelming’ response to U.S.-South Korea drills

North Korea has ramped up missile-testing activity this year.Photo: Ahn Young-joon/Associated Press

SEOUL—North Korea continued its torrid pace of weapons testing on Wednesday, launching a short-range ballistic missile off the country’s east coast after vowing to take overwhelming measures in response to recent U.S.-South Korea military exercises.

The Kim Jong Un regime has embarked on a record spree of missile-testing activity in 2022, outnumbering the launches from any prior year by a wide margin. In recent weeks, North Korea has launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, triggered emergency alerts in Japan and South Korea and conducted tests at irregular hours in the middle of the night.

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