United States government sources have confirmed North Korea has fired another ballistic missile. It flew eastward from Pyongsong. Early indications are unclear whether it flew over Japan or not, but the Japanese Prime Minister’s office confirmed it landed with Japan’s economic zone:
BREAKING: Japan Prime Minister office: "A missile was launched from North Korea which appears to have landed within Japan's exclusive economic zone." This means #NorthKorea fired a missile into Japanese waters.
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This is the latest in a string of missile tests the North Koreans have held in recent months. Expanding aggression between them and South Korea, Japan, and the United States have the world on edge about what they might do next. Do they have viable nuclear weapons? Can they deliver them to their enemies? How far can they reach?
After a brief two-month hiatus, this marks the continuation of their nuclear ambitions.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is available.
South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that the missile flew eastward from Pyongsong in South Pyongan province.
It is not clear how far it went or whether it flew over Japan as other missiles did earlier this year.
North Korea has test fired several other missiles this year, including its first intercontinental ballistic missiles, as tensions increase over its nuclear programme.
North Korea has not launched a missile since September, when it fired a rocket that passed over Japan’s Hokkaido Island.
Prior to that incident, it had launched missiles at a rate of two or three per month since April.
There were some signals that Pyongyang could be preparing another ballistic missile launch. A Japanese government source told Reuters on Tuesday that it had detected radio signals suggesting that such a launch could be imminent.
North Korea may be able to pair a nuclear warhead with a long-range ballistic missile sometime next year, a top South Korean minister said during an unusually candid assessment of Pyongyang’s weapons programs.
Authorities in Seoul believe North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will push to achieve that goal in time for next September’s 70th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as North Korea is officially known, Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said Tuesday at a news conference.
BREAKING:South Korea officials say that North Korea just launched a ballistic missile! pic.twitter.com/fK3IXlIe5i
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UPDATE: U.S. officials decline to say what type of missile they think North Korea might test https://t.co/nGsInUwjVu
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