US confirms North Korea missile launch

Washington: The Pentagon confirmed that North Korea has launched a missile over Japan, in a major escalation by Pyongyang amid tensions over its weapons ambitions.

The missile was launched “within the last 90 minutes,” Colonel Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said at 10pm GMT Monday. “We assess North Korea conducted a missile launch within the last 90 minutes. We can confirm that the missile launched by North Korea flew over Japan,” Manning added, cautioning that the United States was still assessing the launch.

However, North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) “determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America,” Manning said.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the missile was launched around 8.57pm GMT Monday (12.57am Tuesday UAE) from Sunan, near Pyongyang, and travelled east “and over Japan.”

It travelled around 2,700 kilometres at a maximum altitude of around 560 kilometres, it said, adding that South Korea and the US were “closely analysing for more details.” Courtesy GN