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North Korea launches a short-range projectile towards the sea of ​​Japan, according to Seoul

October 2, 2019


The North Korean Army has launched a short-range projectile to the sea in Japan on Wednesday, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of South Korea, according to the Yonhap news agency.

The JCS has indicated that the projectile, which could be a ballistic missile launched from a submarine, has been launched around 7.11 (local time) from the coastal city of Wonsan and has flown around 450 kilometers at an altitude of approximately 910 kilometers .

In addition, JCS has stressed that “it maintains its preparation” while analyzing the situation in case of additional releases, according to Yonhap.

The South Korean National Security Council has expressed “great concern” and has called an emergency meeting.

Initially, the spokesman for the Japanese government, Yoshihide Suga, said that North Korea has launched two ballistic missiles and that one of them would have fallen in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Japan.

Later, Suga has pointed out that the ballistic missile launched by North Korea could have been split in two before falling into waters off the west coast of Japan.

“At this time, it seems that a missile was launched, divided into two and fell. We are conducting an analysis to obtain more details,” said Suga.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has condemned the launch Wednesday, which he described as a violation of United Nations resolutions.

The launch took place hours after the governments of North Korea and the United States announced that they will make a “preliminary contact” on Friday to try to lay the foundations for a new nuclear negotiation.

The preliminary contact on Friday will be followed by “work level negotiations” on Saturday, as indicated by North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, who has not clarified where and how such talks would take place.

The imminent talks will be the first since the failed February summit in Vietnam between the president of the United States, Donald Trump, and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un.