SEOUL (Conspiracy Talk News) – North Korea on Tuesday fired a ballistic missile of unknown status, the first weapons test in more than 70 days, according to the South Korean military.
“North Korea has launched an unidentified ballistic missile heading east from the outskirts of Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province (north of the Korean capital),” the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a brief statement.
This is the first projectile Pyongyang launches in two and a half months, since last September 15th when they fired a medium-range missile that flew over northern Japan before falling into the sea.
US President Donald Trump was informed of the North Korean ballistic missile test when the device was still in the air, the White House said on Tuesday.
The US Forces command center within Korea released a video showing a dramatic defection of a North Korean soldier to the South. The images show how other North Korean soldiers shoot at the deserter.
It has also been a week now since Washington include Pyongyang back to the list of countries that sponsor terrorism.
The president was visiting Congress at the time of the launch and “was informed about the situation in North Korea while the missile was still in the air,” said his spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders.
The White House announced that Trump will give a speech at 3:00 pm local (20:00 GMT).
Although he did not specify what issue the president will address, this was announced shortly after the launch of the missile was known.
The Pentagon reported that they have detected “at 18h30 GMT (…) a probable missile shot from North Korea.”
This lauch occurred in the province of South Pyongyan and the device flew eastward.
Seoul in turn made a “precision shot” of a missile in response, according to the South Korean information agency Yonhap.
For its part, the government of Japan has reported that the projectile had flown about 50 minutes and would have fallen to the sea about 210 kilometers off the coast of the Aomori just (north of the country) a space that extends about 370 kilometers from its coastline.
A few minutes after the North Korean launch, the South Korean army has tried a “precision attack” with missiles in response to the Pyongyang action, although it has not provided more details about this exercise at this time.
Including today’s missile, this will be the twentieth test from the communist regime of Pyongyang in 2017.
The continued testing of weapons of the Kim Jong-un regime, including a nuclear test on September 3, coupled with the belligerent response from Washington by US President Donald Trump, have increased the tension in the zone at levels not seen since the end of the Korean War (1950-1953).