Listen Live
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a military parade marking the 105th birthday of Kim Il-Sung, the founder of North Korea, in Pyongyang

    N Korea Announces Successful Launch of Ballistic Missile

    © Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev
    Asia & Pacific
    Get short URL
    294
    Subscribe

    North Korea announced that it had carried out a successful launch of a ballistic missile.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — North Korea announced on Tuesday that it had carried out a successful launch of a ballistic missile, which was aimed at testing a new precision-guidance system, South Korean media reported.

    According to Yonhap News Agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un observed the test-firing.

    The missile hit a planned target point with the deviation of 23 feet, the media outlet said citing the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

    On Monday, Pyongyang launched a ballistic missile that flew some 280 miles and fell into Japan's exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan. The move has already been criticized by Japanese, South Korean and Russian officials.

    Since the beginning of 2016, North Korea has carried out a number of missile launches and nuclear tests, prompting worldwide criticism and the escalation of tensions on the peninsula. The international community, including the United States, has criticized the military activities of the Asian nation and tightened the sanctions regime against Pyongyang.

    Related:

    Chinese, French Foreign Ministers Discuss Situation on Korean Peninsula
    Trump: 'N Korea Shows Great Disrespect for China' by Launching Ballistic Missile
    Russia Protests S Korea's, Japan's Integration Into US Global Missile Defense
    Japan, US Agree to Increase Pressure on N Korea After Missile Test
    Tags:
    missile launch, Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK)
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik