Defiant North Korea has fired an unidentified projectile near the west coast that flew 700km, South Korea claims.
According to the South Korean military, the launch of the unidentified projectile from near the west coast took place early on Sunday.
“The missile was fired in the region of Kusong, northwest of Pyongyang, where North Korea in February successfully test-launched an intermediate-range missile that it is believed to be developing,” South Korean military said.
The US Pacific Command said it was assessing the type of missile but it was “not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile”.
“US Pacific Command is fully committed to working closely with our Republic of Korea and Japanese allies to maintain security,” a spokesperson said, referring to South Korea by its official name.
The missile launch is coming days after a new leader took office in Seoul pledging to engage in dialogue with Pyongyang over its continued missile activities.
The launch of the unidentified projectile is coming a day after Pyongyang told Washington that it will only dialogue and come to a possible compromise over its continued missile activities if the conditions were right.
Pyongyang made the comments through a senior North Korean diplomat who handles relations with the United States on Saturday according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.
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