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Amid “Gravest COVID Emergency”, North Korea Launches 3 Ballistic Missiles Ahead Of Biden Seoul Visit

On Thursday North Korea continued its spate of provocative weapons tests, this time firing off at least three ballistic missiles toward its eastern waters, according to South Korea’s defense ministry and Japan.

The timing is raising alarm given it comes just ahead of President Joe Biden’s planned trip to the Korean peninsula. Late next week he’s expected in Seoul after which he heads to Japan, where the White House stated he’ll “discuss opportunities to deepen our vital security relationships.”

A prior ICBM launch in March, Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

This fresh launch is Pyongyang’s 16th round of tests so far this year – which has included its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile in five years, with the last known one being in 2017.

Fox News writes of the reaction in Tokyo: “Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida

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