North Korea fired medium-range ballistic missile

South Korean and American military officials said that the medium-range missile was sacked from a land base near the east coast port of Sinpo, home to a known North Korean submarine base. A US statement said initial assessments indicate the type of missile was a KN-15 medium-range ballistic missile.

North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the waters off its east coast on Wednesday, U.S. and South Korean officials said, amid worries that the North might soon conduct banned nuclear or long-range rocket tests.

"The launch took place possibly in consideration of the U.S".

Pyongyang is barred under United Nations resolutions from carrying out ballistic missile launches or nuclear tests.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed Pyongyang had launched "yet another" intermediate range ballistic missile.

But Wednesday's missile did not appear to fly very far, only about 40 miles, after being launched at 6:40 a.m. Seoul time, South Korean military officials said.

North Korea attempted to launch a ballistic missile two weeks ago from its east coast and earlier in March fired four missiles towards Japan, some of which came as close as 300 km (190 miles) to Japan's coast. While submarines are also a stealthy way to do that, North Korea doesn't have enough of them.

Kim has signaled that his regime is working on a missile capable of reaching the United States, saying in his New Year's Day address that North Korea had "entered the final stage of preparation for a test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile".

A senior White House official on Tuesday said: "The clock has now run out, and all options are on the table", pointing to the failure of successive administrations' efforts to negotiate an end to the country's nuclear program.

The primary concern surrounding North Korea's weapons program is that Pyongyang could eventually equip long-range missiles with a nuclear warhead.

North Korea has carried out several SLBM tests near Sinpo.

The North Koreans use Sinpo shipyard for their submarine activity, and United States satellites have observed increased activity there in recent days, a second U.S. official said.

The latest launch came after President Donald Trump threatened the USA was prepared to go it alone in bringing the North to heel if China did not step in, and ahead of a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un boasted about the launch, describing it as "the greatest success".

South Korea's Foreign Ministry called the North's latest missile launch a "reckless provocation" that posed a threat to global peace, while Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the country lodged a strong protest over the launch. Dave Benham, spokesman for US Pacific Command.

These events coincide with annual drills by the South Korean and USA militaries, practicing for a sudden change on the northern half of the peninsula. It uses solid fuel already loaded inside the missile, which would shorten launch preparation times, boost the weapon's mobility and make it harder for outsiders to detect the signs of its liftoff.

Solid fuel is like an explosive jelly, less corrosive than liquid fuel, and it can be more easily stored in the rocket's fuel tank than the liquid alternative, which requires specially lined tanks. -South Korean military drills with its own military training and harsh rhetoric.

That means they are also more survivable in the event of a United States first strike.

As with other rocket forces, North Korea's liquid fuel-powered ballistic missiles up until now required a garrison, fuel storage tanks and support vehicles to launch, which can be identified with imagery, experts say.

The Japanese government estimated the projectile did not land within its exclusive economic zone, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters in a briefing Wednesday morning.

  • Leroy Wright