İrem UZUN-TDO- North Korea test-fired on Wednesday a type of ballistic missile intended to be launched from a submarine, South Korean and U.S. officials have said. It appeared to be the first test of a North Korean missile capable of being fired from underwater in three years, and it came just a couple days before the expected resumption of nuclear talks with the United States.
The South Korean military said the missile was fired near North Korea’s eastern Wonsan area just after 7 a.m. Wednesday and flew 910 kilometers (570 miles) into space before falling in the sea. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the missile may have separated during flight, with at least one piece falling in the country’s exclusive economic zone near the southwestern prefecture of Shimane.
“The launch of this type of ballistic missile is a violation of United Nations resolutions,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters in an emergency news briefing. “Japan strongly protests and condemns the action.”