A ballistic missile was fired from the Pyongsong base on November 28 according to a South Korean news agency
Yonhap reported that it was observed that a missile was launched “eastward from the vicinity of Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province, at dawn today.” Both South Korea and the U.S. have been analyzing the missile’s trajectory in an attempt to figure out where it landed.
It was not clear how far the missile went and if it flew past Japan or not, as other missiles did. However, a report from Bloomberg states that Japan’s coast guard confirmed that the missile could fall into the East Sea.
Moreover, an unidentified South Korean official said that South Korea has detected the missile and that, at that time, the missile was “still traveling towards the direction to the East Sea.”
Yesterday’s missile firing comes after 2 and a half month break interrupted by engine and fuel tests. Even more, it is the first of the many provocations expected from North Korea after being reenlisted as a state sponsor of terrorism by Donald Trump.
Even though the launch came just a few days after Reuters reported that U.S. officials believed that there was going to be another missile launch soon, North Korea still took the public by surprise.
On the other hand, it is still unknown what the final goal of this missile launch was. So far, Pyongyang has fired 22 missiles across 15 tests conducted since February 27. None of them carried active warheads.
Despite the long range of the missile, the Pentagon stated that it did not pose an immediate threat to the U.S. or its allies.