North Korea launched a ballistic missile some 450 miles (700 km) into the sea from a site near its west border with China toward Japan, early Sunday.
The launch came just one day after a high North Korean official said Pyongyang would talk with Washington, amid the military tension in the region.
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The missile launched from the same site where analysts thought it’s capable of reaching the mainland United States. It flew for 30 minutes before landing the Sea of Japan Reuter reported, citing a Japanese official.
South Kores new president, Moon Jae-in, immediately convened an emergency meeting of his national security council to discuss the launch.
North Korea will talk with Washington under right conditions, Report
Moon took office Wednesday is a liberal who is promoting engagement with North Korea.
American officials still assessing what kind of missile tested and whether the launch was successful.
CBS reports that the White House issued a statement saying President Donald Trump had been briefed about the launch and called North Korea a “flagrant menace.”
“With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil – in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan – the President cannot imagine that Russia is pleased,” the statement read, according to CBS.