Democratic People's Republic of Korea test-fire a ballistic missile 81302172

Defense & Security News - North Korea
Democratic People's Republic of Korea reportedly test-fired Musudan ballistic missile
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired what is believed to be a ballistic missile into its eastern waters early Sunday, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.The presumed intermediate-range Musudan ballistic missile was launched at around 7:55 a.m. local time (2255 GMT Saturday) near Banghyeon in the DPRK's northwestern North Pyongan province.
The projectile is estimated to have traveled about 500 km, according to the JCS. It landed in waters off the DPRK's east coast, according to local media.
Pyongyang test-fired Musudan missiles near the same place, where an airfield is located, in October last year.It was the DPRK's first test-launch of a ballistic missile in 2017.

The launch, the military believed, was aimed at drawing attention by showing off its nuclear and missile capability.Yonhap news agency quoted a military source as saying that Sunday's test-launch was not of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Concerns had persisted about the DPRK's ICBM test-launch following its fifth nuclear test in September last year. Pyongyang test-fired a long-range ballistic rocket in February last year, about a month after detonating its fourth atomic bomb.
Pyongyang had test-fired Musudan missiles eight times between April 15 and Oct. 20 in 2016. Except for the June 22 success at which the missile traveled about 500 km, all of other launches failed.Musudan has a range of 3,000-4,000 km that can put the entire Japan and the U.S. military base in Guam in its target range.