North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Days Before South’s New President Takes Office
SEOUL—North Korea fired a ballistic missile off its east coast on Wednesday, Tokyo and Seoul officials said, a weapons launch that comes just days before a more hard-line South Korean president takes office.
The missile was fired at 12:03 p.m. local time from the Sunan area, which is on the outskirts of Pyongyang and near the country’s main international airport, South Korea’s military said. It hit an altitude of roughly 500 miles and traveled about 310 miles before falling into the waters between Korea and Japan, said Makoto Oniki, Japan’s vice defense minister. South Korea issued a similar assessment.