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Once again in an injudicious action, North Korea has fired a ballistic missile in the ocean of Japan. The South Korean Military confirmed the firing of unidentified ballistic missile off its eastern coast towards the East Sea from Banghyun area in Northern Pyong.
Panghyon launched the missile at 00:40 GMT (09:40 local time) which traveled 930 KMs in 37 minutes before landing in Japan's exclusive economic zone.
There were no reports of damage to planes and ships in the proximity, said Japan's spokesperson. Japanese Prime Minister Shino Abe also responded to the missile saying the launch clearly shows the threat has grown. He also added that he would now aim to increase international pressure on North Korea and ask Chinese and Russian leaders to play a more constructive role in the situation.
The US President Donald Trump also took to Twitter saying, "North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer."
This was the 11th missile test by North Korea this year which comes with a heightened risk of further agitation. President Donald Trump also urged China to take strict actions against the rebellious nation in a follow-up tweet.
Following the launch, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered a National Security Council meeting. The meeting will determine the country's defense preparations against further such incidents.
South Korean Army Col. and spokesperson of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Roh Jae-Cheon said, "Our military is maintaining full preparedness against the possibility of North Korea's additional provocation."