SEOUL – North Korea launched a ballistic missile early Wednesday, the South Korean military said.
“North Korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile eastward from the vicinity of Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province,” the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.
Authorities in Seoul and Washington are analyzing the details of the missile launch, including its range and trajectory, the South Korean JCS statement added.
“We detected a probable missile launch from North Korea. We are in the process of assessing the situation and will provide additional details when available,” Pentagon spokesman Col. Robert Manning said in a statement.
A few minutes after the North Korean missile was detected, the South Korean army staged its own test of a “precision attack” with missiles in response to Pyongyang’s act, although Seoul authorities have not yet provided additional details about the exercise.
Pyongyang’s most recent previous launch was Sept. 15, when a North Korean missile flew over northern Japan before plunging into the Pacific Ocean.
Tuesday’s launch is the 20th missile test undertaken by Pyongyang so far this year.
The ongoing weapons testing by the Kim Jong-un regime, including a nuclear test on Sept. 3, combined with the bellicose response from Washington by US President Donald Trump, has increased tensions in the region to levels not seen since the end of the 1950-1953 Korean War.