North Korea lobs missile into Sea of Japan

North Korea lobs missile into Sea of Japan

North Korea has fired a suspected short-range missile off its east coast, South Korean military officials say.

It was launched at 10:30am local time on Monday at a site north-east of Pyongyang towards the Sea of Japan, a spokesman for South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

“The projectile flew about 220 kilometres, but we have no information yet on its type,” he said.

A military official told AFP on condition of anonymity that North Korea appeared to have test-fired a “new tactical or short-range Scud missile”.

The launch was made near Ryongnim, some 60 kilometres south of the border with China, he said, declining to confirm a Yonhap news agency report that North Korea has built an underground Scud missile base in the region. …

Last month, Pyongyang fired five short-range rockets into the sea just as Pope Francis arrived in Seoul for a five-day visit.

North Korea often fires missiles and rockets as a show of force or to express anger at perceived provocations, but the frequency of the recent tests is unusual.

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