May 29, 2017 09:45
North Korea fired an unidentified missile into waters off its eastern coast early Monday morning and if confirmed, the 12th launch this year in defiance of UN Security Council bans.
According to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, the missile was fired at around 5:40 a.m. in central North Korea and traveled an estimated 500 km.
The JCS is still working to determine exactly what type of missile it was but said early signs indicate it was not an intercontinental ballistic missile but a scud-type missile.
President Moon Jae-in immediately held an emergency meeting of his chief of staff, the defense, foreign and unification ministers and the director of the National Intelligence Service.
The launch, already the third coinciding with Moon's short time in office, follows the test of a solid-fuel missile a week ago while leader Kim Jong-un watched. Pyongyang's state-media claimed it was a success, saying the missile's capabilities have been upgraded since last year, and that Kim has ordered it to be mass-produced.
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