Russia says North Korean missile falls 500 km from its border

SEOUL-- The Russian defense ministry said Sunday the ballistic missile fired by North Korea landed about 500 kilometers from its border, saying it did not pose a danger to the country.

Earlier in the day U.S. President Donald Trump said he believes Russia must be unhappy with the firing as the missile fell close to the country.

"This missile launch represented no danger for the Russian Federation," the defense ministry was quoted as saying by state news agencies.

The ministry said Russian missile warning systems followed the North's projectile during its 23-minute flight before it landed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed concerns over the escalation of tensions following the missile test, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as telling reporters.

The two leaders discussed the situation on the Korean Peninsula during their meeting after the opening ceremony of a summit on China's "One Belt, One Road" development plan underway in Beijing.

Xinhua News Agency quoted Xi as telling Putin that China and Russia have played the role of "ballast stone" in safeguarding regional and global peace and stability.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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