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North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile

Launch follows flurry of radio signals and radar activity at North Korean missile base

North Korea fired a ballistic missile early Wednesday morning, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reports.

According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JOC), the launch came from the South Pyongan province.

“North Korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile eastward from the vicinity of Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province, at dawn today,” the JOC said.

Both South Korean and U.S. authorities are currently analyzing the trajectory, the JOC added.

Japan’s nationwide warning system was triggered following the launch, suggesting a potential flyover.

The test follows reports out of Japan and the United States that said a missile test could come within days after radio signals and radar activity were detected at a North Korean missile base.

Pyongyang’s last missile launch was more than two months prior on Sept. 15. The 74 day pause was the longest seen in 2017, which has produced 20 missile tests in total.

South Korea’s unification minister warned Tuesday that North Korea’s nuclear program could be completed by next year.

“North Korea has been developing its nuclear weapons at a faster-than-expected pace. We cannot rule out the possibility that North Korea could announce its completion of a clear force within one year,” Cho Myoung-gyon said.