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North Korea has launched this Wednesday around 1.30 a.m. — 18.00 hours This Tuesday in peninsular Spain — a new ballistic missile. The essay, which has been reported by news agency Korean Yonhap, is first to be carried out by Government of Kim Jong-un since firing of a rocket in middle of last September that flew over Japanese island of Hokkaido. The Japanese Government believes that rocket launched this Wednesday has flown about 50 minutes and has fallen into exclusive economic zone of Japanese country. The United States has reported that, according to its first assessment, it would be an intercontinental missile, third that would have successfully launched Pyongyang.
"North Korea has launched an unidentified ballistic missile heading east from outskirts of Pyongsong, sourn-province," South Korean Joint staff said in a brief statement. Within a few minutes of launch, sourn Army has rehearsed a "precision attack" with missiles in response to Pyongyang action, although it has not yet specified more details about this exercise.
US government experts had already alerted this Tuesday that North Korea could do a new test in a matter of days. Japanese security sources had also confirmed radio signals pointing in this direction.
Since February, North Korea has launched more than a fortnight of missiles. Its stated objective is to have capacity to attack US continental territory with nuclear bombs mounted on intercontinental missiles. Pyongyang rejects any negotiation that involves stopping or abandoning its nuclear or missile program, arguing that it is a deterrent measure to deal with "constant and hostile political threat" practiced by United States.
This summer successfully tested launch of an intercontinental missile twice, which is considered by analysts to be a breakthrough in ballistic capacity, and threatened to put American island of Guam in its sights. In addition, Pyongyang carried out its sixth nuclear test, most potent of its history, in which it allegedly detonated successfully a hydrogen bomb that can be equipped in an intercontinental missile.
In August and September, two of its missiles flew over Nippon territory without prior warning, which was not same since launch of an artificial North Korean satellite in 1998. In response, United Nations Security Council agreed to extend sanctions against Pyongyang, capping its oil imports.
In recent months, not only has North Korea's ballistic capacity increased significantly, but tension between Pyongyang and Washington has also risen, which has been exemplified by insults that Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have been given. Last week, U.S. president returned North Korea to list of terrorist-sponsoring countries and extended sanctions against thirteen entities in charge of sea and land transport with North Korea.