New N Korea no-sail zone could herald missile test

November 16, 2015 08:10
The no-sail zone is just east of the city of Wonsan. Photo: Wikipedia

North Korea has declared a no-sail zone off its eastern coast, Bloomberg reported.

The move suggests the country may be preparing to test-launch a missile between the Korean peninsula and Japan, Yonhap News cited an unidentified government source as saying.

The test could involve a new type of proprietary ballistic missile that separates into several “sub-missiles” at high altitude, the South Korean news agency reported Sunday, citing anonymous sources.

The no-sail zone, which covers an area just off the eastern coastal city of Wonsan, took effect Nov. 11 and will extend to Dec. 7, Yonhap reported.

South Korea will closely watch whether the North launches a Scud missile or a new type of ballistic missile, the news agency cited the source as saying.

The United States and South Korea approved a joint plan this month to detect and destroy, if needed, North Korean missiles carrying nuclear and biochemical warheads after Kim Jong Un’s regime ratcheted up threats of attack.

Tensions between North and South Korea came to a head during a military standoff in August that may have provoked an exchange of artillery fire.

Since then, North Korea has declared no-sail zones in the East Sea (also known as the Sea of Japan) each month and deployed ship-to-ship missiles and rocket launchers along its coast, Yonhap cited the source as saying.

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