South Korea says North Korea fires unidentified missile from its capital, Pyongyang

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea says North Korea fires unidentified missile from its capital, Pyongyang.

8 a.m.

South Korea’s military says North Korea fired an unidentified missile from its capital Pyongyang that flew over Japan before landing in the northern Pacific Ocean.

It was the second aggressive test-flight over the territory of the close U.S. ally in less than a month and it followed the sixth and most powerful nuclear test by North Korea to date on Sept. 3.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday that the missile traveled about 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles).

The joint chiefs say the missile was launched from Sunan, the site of Pyongyang’s international airport.

The airport also was used to fire a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile that flew over northern Japan in what it declared a “meaningful prelude” to containing the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam and the start of more ballistic missile launches.

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7:30 a.m.

South Korea’s military says North Korea fired an unidentified missile from its capital Pyongyang in a continuation of weapons tests following its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date on Sept. 3.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday that the missile was launched from Sunan, the site of Pyongyang’s international airport.

The North last month used the airport to fire a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile that flew over northern Japan in what it declared as a “meaningful prelude” to containing the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam and the start of more ballistic missile launches targeting the Pacific Ocean.

South Korea’s Defense Ministry says the country’s military conducted a live-fire ballistic missile drill in response to the North’s launch.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has scheduled a National Security Council meeting to discuss the launch.

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