South Korea and the U.S. confirm North Korea launched a single ballistic missile at a facility near Sinpo at 6:42 a.m. Wednesday Seoul time (5:42 p.m. Tuesday ET). It landed in the waters near near Japan. U.S. Pacific Command’s initial assessments indicate the type of missile was a KN-15 medium-range ballistic missile.
It was North Korea’s fourth attempted missile launch of the year. The third failed at launch. The last successful attempt was on March 6, when North Korea fired four missiles at the same time, also into the same waters — the Sea of Japan (or as Koreans prefer to call it, the “East Sea”). Three of the four landed in Japan’s special economic zone.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released this statement:
“North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile. The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment.”
The latest launch comes as South Korea and the U.S. wrap up their annual spring joint military exercises on the peninsula, which North Korea objects to because it views the drills as preparation for war. The U.S. has consistently said the war games are defensive.