North Korea test fires ballistic missile from Pyongsong; Japan PM office confirms
North Korea has fired another ballistic missile on Wednesday, South Korea’s news agency Yonhap news agency reported. According to Yonhap news agency, the ballistic missile was fired from an area north of Pyongyang.
“North Korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile into the East Sea from the vicinity of Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province, at around 3:17 a.m. today,” South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.
The missile launch was also confirmed by Japanese Prime Minister’s office and said that the missile landed in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that President Trump was briefed about the missile while the missile was still in air.
Colonel Robert Manning, the Director of Press operations at the US Department of Defense (DOD) in a statement to NK news said that the DOD detected a probable missile launch at 1:30 pm EST. He further added, “We are in the process of accessing the situation and will provide additional details when available”.
The Pentagon in a statement said that the missile was an ICBM that was launched from Sain Ni in North Korea. The missile travelled for about 1,000 km and splashed down into the Sea of Japan.
This is the first missile launch since September 15 when North Korea launched an intermediate ballistic missil over Japan.