North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile into Japan Sea

Published July 4th, 2017 - 08:25 GMT
North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile into the Sea of Japan. (AFP File Photo)
North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile into the Sea of Japan. (AFP File Photo)

Seoul (dpa) - North Korea on Tuesday fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters in Tokyo.

Suga said the missile was thought to have landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone and that it had had a flight time of around 40 minutes.

The missile was launched from a province near the border with China on Tuesday, the news agency Yonhap reported, citing the South Korean military.

"North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile into the East Sea from the vicinity of Banghyon, North Pyongan Province, at around 9:40 am (0040 GMT)," it quoted the Joint Chiefs of Staff as saying.

The launch comes a day after China warned that if tensions in the region continued to escalate, the situation could "get out of control" with "disastrous" consequences.

UN Ambassador Liu Jieyi also said that Beijing would push for the US and South Korea to halt military exercises on the Korean Peninsula in exchange for North Korea suspending its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

The Trump administration, which has repeatedly warned that the "era of strategic patience" with Pyongyang is over, has turned to China for help in reigning in the nuclear threat from North Korea.

But frictions between the two powers, including over the South China Sea and Taiwan, have also impeded discussions.

President Donald Trump, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korea's President Moon Jae In are expected to discuss North Korea on the sidelines of this week's G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

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