North Korea fires ballistic missile into Sea of Japan, U.S. and South Korea say

In this Oct. 10, 2015, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gestures as he watches a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

SEOUL, South Korea (CBSN) — South Korea says North Korea has fired a ballistic missile into the waters off its east coast.

Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff say in a statement that the missile fired from the North’s eastern coastal town of Sinpo on Wednesday morning flew about 37 miles. Initial assesments indicate it was KN-15 sub-launched missile launched at a naval base at Sinpo, although this test was conducted from the land, CBS News’ David Martin reports.

The missile landed in the Sea of Japan, the U.S. Pacific Command says in a statement.

The State Department issued a statement Tuesday night confirming the missile launch and saying “the United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment.”

The firing was made as South Korean and U.S. troops were conducting annual military drills that the North views as an invasion rehearsal.

North Korea often responds to the drills with its own military training and harsh rhetoric. The launch also came shortly before President Donald Trump’s first summit meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping later this week, raising speculation that it might have been timed to get their attention.

Two weeks ago, the South Korean and U.S. militaries said they detected what they called a failed North Korean ballistic missile launch.

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