According to South Korean office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile to the northeast of Asia at about 6:30 p.m. (0930 GMT) on Saturday.
The missile flew for about 30 km (18 miles), a South Korean Defence Ministry official said by telephone, adding that its military was trying to determine whether the launch may have been a failure for unspecified reasons.
Yonhap news agency said the missile flew “for a few minutes,” citing a government source.
Reacting to the development, US State Department spokesman John Kirby said launches using ballistic missile technology were “a clear violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions.”
The missile launch is coming amid concerns that the isolated state might conduct a nuclear test or a missile launch ahead of a ruling party meeting in May.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is expected to show the country’s strong military power and a nuclear state when the Asian country holds a congress of its ruling Workers’ Party in early May for the first time in 36 years.
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