North Korea launched a ballistic missile in the direction of the Sea of Japan

North Korea on Sunday launched a ballistic missile toward the Sea of Japan, the agency Rёnhap with reference to the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the armed forces of South Korea.

The rocket launched from the Baikonur North Pyongan Province in 07.55 local time (01.55 MSK). The trajectory of its flight has not been determined.

Yonhap news agency with reference to the representatives of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea reported that the missile refers to the Rodong type. The range of its flight up to 1300 kilometers, experts say.

Initially it was reported ballistic missile flew about 500 kilometers and fell into the sea. Later, the Japanese military announced that she fell in 350 kilometers from the coast of North Korea.

After missile launch, South Korea and Japan held an emergency meeting of the National Security Council. Japan also expressed its hope for a strong response from the UN Security Council.

Earlier, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the New Year’s address to the nation, announced that North Korea had reached the final stage in the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles. Pyongyang is ready to carry out commissioning at any time decide to guide the country, noted the DPRK Ambassador to Russia Kim Hyun Joong.

In January 2016, Pyongyang conducted a fourth nuclear weapons testing, and in February launched a missile, which is capable of, by some estimates, to hit targets at a distance of up to 12 thousand kilometers. In response to the UN Security Council and a number of individual countries to impose sanctions designed to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile development. The country did not curtail its nuclear program and in September held the most powerful in the history of nuclear tests.

In the same year in South Korea, the United States deployed a missile THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system. According to North Korea’s ambassador to Russia, in fact, it is directed against Russia and China.

Original: RIA Novosti

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