North Korea launches missile from test site, U.S. officials confirm
North Korea launched a missile from a test facility near the country’s west coast early Sunday morning.
The launch came just days after South Koreans went to the polls to elect a new president.
The South Korean military says the missile flew about 435 miles, or 700 kilometers, according to Reuters.
The missile flew for 30 minutes before landing the Sea of Japan.
U.S. officials said they were still assessing whether the launch was successful and trying to determine what kind of missile was tested.
The last North Korean missile test on April 28 failed minutes after launch.
The type of missile is not known.
The U.S. had been expecting the North to fire a KN-17 medium-range ballistic missile.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office on Wednesday following his victory in Tuesday’s closely watched presidential election.
The country’s first liberal leader in a decade, said he would be open to visiting the rival North.
Moon has taken a much more conciliatory position towards the North compared to his predecessor Park Geun-hye.
“I will quickly move to solve the crisis in national security.
I am willing to go anywhere for the peace of the Korean Peninsula — if needed, I will fly immediately to Washington.
I will go to Beijing and I will go to Tokyo.
If the conditions shape up, I will go to Pyongyang,” Moon said.
The Trump administration has called on China to apply more pressure to the North Korean regime.
China remains Pyongyang’s primary benefactor and trading partner.