North Korea fires Mid-Range Missile

Time: 9:02 p.m. CEST

The latest in a series of launches of a ballistic missile by the isolated country happened on Wednesday, as Reuters reports. North Korea launched a ballistic missile on Wednesday, which landed in or near the waters, controlled by Japan. Prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, said the launch is a grave threat to Japan and explained the Japanese self-defense force would remain on alert.

As a Japanese defense official said, the main body of the missile landed in Japan’s economic exclusion zone. The U.S. Strategic Command said, it had detected two missiles,  of of which it said exploded immediately after launch. State Department condemned the launch.

The missile that landed in the Sea of Japan was launched at about 7:50 a.m. Seoul time (2250 GMT Tuesday) from a region in South Hwanghae province to the southwest of North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang, South Korea’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. South Korean office said, the missile appeared to be a Rodong-type medium-range missile that flew about 1,000 km (620 miles), as Reuters report.

North Korea fired three ballistic missiles that flew between 500 km and 600 km (300-360 miles) into the sea off its east coast  on July 19, Reuters said. South Korea and the United Stated decided to deploy an advanced Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system in the South. South and North Korea are technically at war since the truce ended fighting in 1950-53 Korean War, says Reuters.




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