North Korea launched a ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Wednesday, Japanese and South Korean officials said.
The launch, North Korea's 14th of the year, comes a week after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged to bolster his nuclear arsenal "at the fastest possible pace" during a military parade, as reported by the Associated Press.
The missile is estimated to have flown approximately 290 miles at an altitude of 485 miles from the capital of Pyongyang, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff reported.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida condemned North Korea's actions as "impermissible."
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North Korea has ramped up testing this year as it allegedly builds its nuclear arsenal. Last year, the country conducted only eight launches, per CNN.
The country appears to be posturing for audiences besides its Asian neighbors. North Korea allegedly tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States on March 24.
Some reports suggest the March 24 test was an exaggeration by Pyongyang, but the country has heated up its rhetoric in recent months.
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North Korea's latest show of firepower comes days before the new conservative South Korean president, Yoon Suk-yeol, takes office on May 10.