N. Korea seems to have fired another missile: S. Korean military

SEOUL-- North Korea launched what appears to be another ballistic missile Sunday afternoon, despite calls for restraint from all sides, South Korea's military said.

"North Korea fired an unidentified projectile from a site this afternoon from the vicinity of Pukchang in Pyeongannam-do (South Pyeongan Province)," the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement.

The Japanese government also said North Korea fired a "missile," according to the Kyodo news service which cited an unnamed government source.

JCS officials said they are analyzing the type of the projectile and its flight trajectory, adding it is unlikely to be an intercontinental-range ballistic missile.

If the missile launch is confirmed it would be Pyongyang's eighth missile test this year.

A week ago, the North test-fired what is believed to be an intermediate-range ballistic missile from Kusong, North Pyongan Province. It traveled around 700 kilometers for half an hour before splashing into the East Sea.

The launch was also seen as a test of the new South Korean administration of Moon Jae-in who took office earlier on May 10.

On April 29, the North fired a ballistic missile from a Pukchang area but it exploded in mid-air minutes after lift-off, the South Korean and U.S. militaries announced at the time.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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