South Korean military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed Sunday that North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile from an area near Pukchang.
“Our military is closely monitoring North Korea and is maintaining readiness posture,” the statement from the South Korean military said.
The missile was launched Sunday at about 4:59 p.m. Seoul time in Pukchang county, home to North Korea’s largest power plant, reported CNN.
According to South Korean officials, the missile flew over 300 miles before crashing into the Sea of Japan but fell short of Japan’s exclusive economic zone, said Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga in a press briefing.
The White House said the projectile was a medium-range ballistic missile, similar to the type of missile North Korea tested in February.
There have so far been no reports of any damage to ships or planes, Suga said.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said of the launch that it “obviously” violated the UN resolution, and that the “repeated provocative acts by North Korea are totally unacceptable.”
Sunday’s launch comes days after the US sent the USS Ronald Reagan to the region, joining the USS Carl Vinson, which has operated in the area since late April. The two carriers are conducting a series of training exercises together.
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