North Korea launches new ballistic missile test

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Reports came in Friday afternoon that North Korea just launched another ballistic missile test from Pukchang, the northern region of Pyongyang, into the sea of Japan.

The test was reportedly a failure.  It was in the air about 15 minutes and flew approximately 25 miles before breaking apparently up in the air – making it their fourth unsuccessful missile test in a row since March.

The missile was reported to be a KN-17 and is being tested with the intent to target ships at some point in the future. The KN-17 is described as a single-stage, liquid-fueled missile.

Reuters reported that the timing of the missile test appears that it was intended to send a message. Kim Dong-yub, an expert at Kyungnam University’s Institute of Far Eastern Studies, stated, “It was planned at a complicated timing around the end of the South Korea-U.S. joint military drills, the United States talking about military options and the announcement of North Korea policies and the Security Council meeting.”

“It could have happened today exactly because we had the meeting,” Italian U.N. Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi, chair of the Security Council’s North Korean sanctions committee, told reporters when hearing of the test. “It’s illegal, it should not be done, it’s another provocative action by North Korea.” Neighboring Japan said the “unacceptable” launch clearly violated U.N. resolutions and said it had lodged a strong protest with North Korea.



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