North Korea fires projectiles into waters off the east coast, South Korea’s military says

North Korea fired an unidentified projectile into waters off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula, according to a statement from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The projectile was fired around 6:40am on Tuesday the Joint Chiefs statement said, adding that the South Korean military is “maintaining a readiness posture” for potential “additional launches.”

South Korean intelligence authorities and the United States are analyzing the situation, the statement said.

The news came just before North Korean representative Kim Song addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where he lamented the divide between North and South Korea, and criticized the US presence in the region.

“Inter-Korean relations have never come out of the shadow of US interference and obstruction,” he said, citing Washington’s close relationship with Seoul.

Japanese media quoted the defence ministry as saying that the projectile may have been a ballistic missile, which is banned under United Nations sanctions.

Both North and South Korea tested ballistic missiles earlier this month raising tensions in what was already one of the most volatile regions on the planet.

Last week North Korea wanted to repair inter-Korean relations and floated the possibility of reinstalling the joint liaison office, which North Korea destroyed in last June.

South Korea’s Unification Ministry welcomed Kim’s message about the possibility of holding “constructive” discussions as “meaningful.”