North Korea test-fired a submarine-based ballistic missile early on Wednesday, the latest in a string of missile launches by the nation in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.
The missile was fired at around 5:30 am local time off the coastal city of Sinpo, Reuters reported, citing the South Korean military.
The ballistic missile traveled about 500 kilometers before falling into the Sea of Japan.
According to Yonhap news agency, the projectile landed in Japan’s air defense identification zone, an area of control designated by countries to help maintain air security.
North Korea’s “SLBM (submarine-launched ballistic missile) technology appears to have progressed,” a South Korean military official told Reuters.
The launch comes two days after South Korea and the United States began annual military exercises in the South that drew condemnation from Pyongyang.
South Korea’s presidential office said it will hold a national security council meeting to discuss the missile test.
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