North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile

14 May

North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile on Saturday night. The unidentified projectile was fired from a region near its west coast, South Korea’s military said.

Yonhap news agency reported the projectile launched appeared to be a ballistic missile.

The launch took place at a region named Kusong located northwest of the capital, Pyongyang, where the North previously test-launched its intermediate-range missile it is believed to be developing.

Japan said the missile flew for 30 minutes and dropped in the sea between the North’s east coast and Japan.

Tokyo swiftly issued a protest. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile was a violation of U.N. resolutions and that Japan strongly protested the action. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe repeated the protest in comments to reporters.

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