North Korea Fires ICBM into Sea of Japan (News)


Seoul, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)—North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan in the small hours of Wednesday, Japanese and US defense officials said.

Pyongyang's fresh provocation is expected to further heighten tensions on the Korean Peninsula and prompt the international community to strengthen pressure to make the reclusive nation abandon its nuclear and missile development programs.

The missile was launched to the east from a site near the central North Korea city of Pyongsong around 3:17 AM Japan time, according to the joint chiefs of staff of the South Korean military.

According to the Japanese government and the South Korean military, the missile is believed to have reached an altitude of about 4,500 kilometers and fallen into Japan's exclusive economic zone, about 250 kilometers west of Aomori Prefecture, after traveling some 960 kilometers.

The missile flew for about 50 minutes. Japanese Defense Minister Onodera Itsunori told reporters in Tokyo that it is highly likely that the missile was launched on a lofted trajectory. The Japanese Self-Defense Forces did not take action to intercept the missile.

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