North Korea attempted to launch a missile from its East Coast on Tuesday at 5:20 a.m. Korea Standard Time (4:20 p.m. on Monday (EST), South Korean officials said. The launch appeared to have failed.
The South Korean Joint Chiefs of staff (JCS) are the officials that reported the missile launch. They are a group of representatives from each major branch of the armed services in the Republic of Korea Armed Forces. In its official statement the JCS said they are bracing for the possibility of more provocations.
The missile flew east for about two seconds and exploded over the water and exploded over the water, the officials said. It is still unclear if North Korea’s actions were part of a missile test or if they were an intentional act of hostility. In response to the situation Japan, which is 585 miles off North Korea’s east coast has its military on alert in case of North Korean missile launch.
At a media briefing Japanese Minister of Defence Gen Nakatani said, “North Korea shows no sign of abandoning the development of nuclear missiles and so we will continue to work closely with the U.S. and South Korea in response and maintain a close watch.”
According to reports from local media sources the missile launched was an intermediate-range Musudan missile.That missile is 19 meters (62 feet) tall with a range of about 3800 km (2360 miles) according to a graph produced by Nuclear Threat Initiative, a global security literacy and analysis site.
China, North Korea’s major ally urged North Korea to cease any actions that could exacerbate the situation. A spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said at a briefing. “The situation on the peninsula remains complex and sensitive. We think that all sides should avoid any actions that further worsen tensions.”
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