South Korea Confirms North Korea's Launch Of Ballistic Missile

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff has confirmed North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile that was launched from Sunan, Pyongyang at 12:03 pm on April 4th and landed into the East Sea.


The Joint Chiefs of Staff said that the missile had a flight range of 470 kilometers (292 miles) and an altitude of 780 kilometers (484 miles) with a speed of Mach 11.
South Korea's Yonhap news agency says that some South Korean and U.S. intelligence agencies are currently analyzing the specifications in detail.
Yonhap says that some experts believe North Korea might have reduced the range of the Hwasong-17 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) that had failed in a March test, in order to retest the missile.

Joint Chiefs of Staff said that the successive ballistic missile launches by North Korea pose "a grave threat to the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula as well as the international community and is a clear violation of 'UN Security Council resolutions".

The Joint Chiefs of Staff stated, "Our military is maintaining a full readiness posture while tracking and monitoring related trends in preparation for additional launches".

It was also reported that the United States Cobra Ball (RC-135S) reconnaissance aircraft was caught on sortie over the Korean Peninsula while the North Korean missile was being launched.

The Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters during his visit to Rome that "North Korea’s series of actions that threatens the peace, safety and stability of the international community are impermissible".

Kishida also said that he'll be discussing the launch when he meets with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi later on Wednesday. "Naturally, we will exchange views on the regional situation in the Indo-Pacific and East Asia, and I will thoroughly explain the reality of the region including the North Korean missile launch today, to gain understanding about the pressing situation in the East Asia" he stated.