DPRK launches new missile over Sea of Japan

World Today

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea fired a missile that may have landed within 230 miles of Japan’s coast, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

DPRK fired a projectile that appeared to be a missile shortly before midnight Japan time on Friday, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK said, citing government officials. Abe is convening an emergency meeting of officials, Reuters reported.

The Pentagon says it has detected what it assesses was a ballistic missile launch from DPRK, which may have landed in Japan’s economic exclusive zone.

Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said the DPRK missile flew for about 45 minutes. Suga reported that there was no immediate reports of damage from the missile.

A South Korean military official told NBC News that DPRK fired “one unidentified projectile” into the East Sea, which is a portion of the Sea of Japan. The military official said the incident was immediately reported to South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The latest test comes after Pyongyang claimed it had successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on July 4.

Story by Reuters and CGTN.