N. Korea No-Sail Zone Signals Possible Missile Test, Yonhap Says

North Korea has declared a no-sail zone off its eastern coast, suggesting the country may be preparing to test-launch a missile in the East Sea area that lies between the Korean peninsula and Japan, Yonhap News cited an unidentified government source as saying.

The test could involve a new type of proprietary ballistic missile that separates into several “sub-missiles” at high altitude, the South Korean news agency reported Sunday, citing anonymous sources. The no-sail zone covers an area just off the eastern coastal city of Wonsan, took effect Nov. 11 and will extend to Dec. 7, Yonhap reported.

South Korea will closely watch whether the North launches a Scud missile or a new type of ballistic missile, the news agency cited the source as saying.

The U.S. and South Korea approved a joint plan this month to deal with North Korean missiles carrying nuclear and biochemical warheads after Kim Jong Un’s regime ratcheted up threats of attack. The plan involved detecting and destroying missiles if needed.

Tensions between North and South Korea came to a head during a military standoff in August that may have provoked an exchange of artillery fire. Since then, North Korea has declared no-sail zones in the East Sea each month and deployed ship-to-ship missiles and rocket launchers along its coast, Yonhap cited the source as saying.

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