North Korea fired one ballistic missile from the east coast, authorities say

Seoul, South Korea: According to South Korean and Japanese officials, North Korea fired at least one ballistic missile from its east coast on Tuesday morning.

South Korea’s Joint Chief of Staff (JCS) said that the missile was launched at about 10 a.m. local time on Tuesday from the port city of Sinpo, Hamgyong province. He further added that the missile appeared to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

The missile is estimated to have been fired from the sea, according to South Korea’s Defense Ministry, but they have yet to confirm if the missile was launched from a submarine originated from a North Korean naval shipyard.

Deputy Secretary General of Japan, Yoshihiko Isozaki stated that it is estimated that two ballistic missiles were fired during Tuesday’s launch whereas South Korean military announced only one projectile.
“North Korea’s latest actions threaten the peace and security of Japan and the region,” Isozaki said. “Furthermore, the continued ballistic missile launches pose a serious challenge not just for Japan but for the entire international community.”
Isozaki aadded that Tuesday’s test was “extremely regrettable” and violates UN Security Council resolutions.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan would “respond resolutely” to North Korea’s action in a tweet on Tuesday.
South Korea’s National Security Council (NSC) expressed “deep regret” over the launch, according to a text sent to reporters by the Presidential Office Blue House, adding it came while South Korea, the United States, China, Japan and Russia were “actively” in discussions to achieve peace in the Korean Peninsula.
In a meeting held following the launch, NSC standing committee members called on North Korea to engage in dialogue, emphasizing the importance of stability in the region, the Blue House said.
South and North Korea spoke on a joint-communication line at 9 a.m. local time Tuesday, prior to the reported missile launch, a South Korean Unification Ministry official said, but the North did not discuss the launch during the call.
Another call is scheduled for 5 p.m. local time Tuesday.

 

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