VIDEO:N Korea Short-Range Ballistic Missile Flies 450 km, Lands in Sea of Japan

Mon May 29, 2017 09:44:49

North Korea has launched what is thought to be a short-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan.

According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the projectile was launched in the eastern direction from Wonsan, from the Gangwon province, early on Monday.

“It is estimated to be a Scud type [missile],” said a statement, noting that the missile was in the air for about 450 kilometers.

“The president was immediately notified of the situation, and the president ordered the national security council meeting at 7:30 am,” the South Korean statement added.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that Pyongyang’s missile test posed risk to air traffic in the region as well as ships crossing the Sea of Japan.

“This ballistic missile launch by North Korea is highly problematic from the perspective of the safety of shipping and air traffic and is a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions," he added.

While condemning the launch, he noted that the missile seemed to have fallen in the Sea of Japan within the Japanese exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

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