North Korea fired yet another ballistic missile on Sunday (its 10th missile launch over six tests this year), days after its neighbor South Korea elected a new president who has called for greater dialogue with Pyongyang.
The missile's specifics are still being analyzed by experts, but Japanese officials determined that it reached an altitude of 1,245 miles during its 30-minutes flight, covering a distance of 430 miles before landing in the Sea of Japan. U.S. officials said that the missile landed in the sea about 60 miles south of Russia, CNN reports.
"It is possibly a new type of missile," Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada told reporters in Tokyo. Yet it's not believed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile of the type that the U.S. fears North Korea is developing. The U.S. military is still assessing the missile launch, but has not changed its national security threat assessment, Reuters reports.
The success and range of this latest missile test, if Japan's early analysis holds up, would heighten fears that Pyongyang is closer than previously thought to the sort of capability that would allow it to strike U.S. bases in the Pacific, like those in Guam, BBC reports.
North Korea is forbidden from developing ballistic missiles under a series of United Nations Security Council resolutions — resolutions that it has consistently ignored.
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