Monday 16 September, 2019

North Korea fires ballistic missile

On September 15 at about 6:30am KST, North Korea fired a Hwasong-12 missile over Hokkaido, Japan, for the second time. The missile traveled 3,700 kilometres (2,300 mi) and reached a maximum height of 770 kilometres (480 mi); this is the furthest distance any North Korean IRBM missile has ever reached.

On September 15 at about 6:30am KST, North Korea fired a Hwasong-12 missile over Hokkaido, Japan, for the second time. The missile traveled 3,700 kilometres (2,300 mi) and reached a maximum height of 770 kilometres (480 mi); this is the furthest distance any North Korean IRBM missile has ever reached.

The US government has confirmed that North Korea launched another missile.

According to a Reuters report, a US government source confirmed that the ballistic missile was fired eastward from the vicinity of Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province on Tuesday morning. 

The source said officials in South Korea and the US were analysing the missile’s trajectory.

South Korean media initially reported that the missile flew eastward on Monday afternoon.

The launch was also confirmed by the Japanese prime minister’s office.

It is not yet clear how far the missile went or whether it crossed any neighbouring territories. 

North Korea previously fired a missile on September 15, and concern has been voiced over the country's military programme. 

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