North Korea Launches Unidentified Missile From Airport: South Korean Military

Photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on Aug. 29, 2017, showing its intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket from an undisclosed location near Pyongyang.

SEOUL, Republic Of Korea — South Korea’s military says North Korea fired an unidentified missile from its capital Pyongyang in a continuation of weapons tests following its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date on Sept. 3.

They added that it flew over Japan before landing in the northern Pacific Ocean.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday that the missile was launched from Sunan, the site of Pyongyang’s international airport.

The North last month used the airport to fire a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile that flew over northern Japan in what it declared as a “meaningful prelude” to containing the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam and the start of more ballistic missile launches targeting the Pacific Ocean.

South Korea’s Defence Ministry says the country’s military conducted a live-fire ballistic missile drill in response to the North’s launch.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday that the missile travelled about 3,700 kilometres (2,300 miles).

Launch follows North Korea’s 6th and strongest nuke test

It was the second aggressive test-flight over the territory of the close U.S. ally in less than a month and it followed the sixth and most powerful nuclear test by North Korea to date on Sept. 3.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has scheduled a National Security Council meeting to discuss the launch.

This is a developing story. More to Come.

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