North Korea confirmed on Monday it had tested a Hwasong-12 “mid-range ballistic missile” on Sunday, according to state news agency KCNA, and released photos purporting to show a successful test launch. KCNA reported that the purpose of the test was to verify the overall accuracy of the missile.
Earlier, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted a military source as saying that the latest missile, fired from the Jagang province bordering China, flew about 800 km at a top altitude of 2,000 km before landing in the East Sea.
Sunday’s launch marked the unpredictable North Korea’s seventh show of force this year. Observers say that with the launch, the North wants to pressure the US and South Korea by confirming that it is still developing weapons.