UPDATE 8:10 PM | NORTH Korea has test-fired yet another ballistic missile, despite repeated warnings from the United Nations not to.
South Korea’s Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the missile was launched from a location near Pukchang, 70km north of Pyongyang, on Sunday afternoon.
It’s understood the projectile flew east about 500km before falling into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.
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A White House official told CNN the projectile was a medium-range ballistic missile, a new “strategic weapon system” that North Korea first tested in February.
The launch comes just a week after North Korea claimed to have conducted its most successful ballistic missile test to date.
That missile – a Hwasong-12 – flew for around 30 minutes before landing in water roughly 96km south of Russia’s Vladivostok region, the home of the Russian Pacific Fleet.
The rogue nation has attempted to launch 10 missiles – three of them at once – since US President Donald Trump took office in January.