South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Photo: Reuters
Seoul (People's Daily) - South Korean military officials confirmed North Korea fired an apparent long-range missile into the East Sea from Pyongsong, South Pyongan province, early Wednesday morning, resuming its missile provocations after a 75-day lull.
Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the missile climbed to 4,500 kilometers and traveled almost 960 kilometers (600 miles).
Data suggests today’s North Korea launch could have been a test for one of its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).
South Korean President Moon Jae-in convened a National Security Council (NSC) meeting to address today’s launch, according to an official statement from his office, Cheong Wa Dae.
Almost immediately after the launch, South Korea’s Army, Navy and Air Force staged 20-minute combined drills close to the Northern Limit Line in the East Sea said the JCS.
The military drills involved the Army's missile unit, the Navy's Aegis ship and an Air Force's KF-16 fighter jet, each firing at a simulated missile target set to the distance of the North Korean launch site.