BREAKING: North Korea fires missile towards Japan

The missile might have crashed into the water near Japan’s exclusive economic zone, according to the Japanese broadcaster NHK. JCS has yet to confirm the flight distance or the exact type of the projectile.

North Korea launched a ballistic missile into the East Sea on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said, its first provocation since the summit between South Korea and the US last week.

The missile was fired at 9:40 a.m. from Banghyeon, North Pyongan Province, said Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. The regime fired an intermediate-range Musudan missile from the same place last year.

The missile was launched around 0040 GMT from an airfield in Panghyon, about 100 km (60 miles) northwest of the North’s capital, Pyongyang, the South Korean military said.

The North’s missile launch is the last since Pyongyang fired several cruise missiles in early June and comes ahead of the leaders of the United States, China, Japan and South Korea are expected to discuss efforts to rein in the North’s nuclear and missile tests the G20 summit on July 7 to 8.

Pyongyang has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States.

Earlier this week, North Korea was a key topic in phone calls between U.S. President Donald Trump and the leaders of China and Japan. Leaders of both Asian countries reaffirmed their commitment to a denuclearised Korean Peninsula.

Tuesday’s missile launch also comes ahead of July 4 Independence Day celebrations in the United States. North Korea has previously fired missiles around this U.S. holiday.

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