Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

The DPRK launched a ballistic missile fell into sea of Japan

The DPRK launched a ballistic missile fell into sea of Japan

Since July, Singapore Airlines has altered the route of its daily flights between the South Korean capital of Seoul and Los Angeles because of North Korean missile tests. It hadn't previously announced the change.

North Korea has tested an Intercontinental ballistic missile, which posed no threat to the United States and its allies, said the Pentagon.

USA officials told CNN that the re-entry vehicle likely failed during North Korea's most recent missile test, and the crew of a Cathay Pacific flight claims to have seen the missile explode during re-entry, although David Wright, a senior physicist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, suspects that the crew actually saw stage separation and second-stage ignition during the ascent.

Mr Wright also said the "flash" seen by Korean pilots about an hour after the missile's launch would be consistent with the warhead heating up during reentry, since the missile flew for 53 to 54 minutes. Pyongyang said the projectile flew as high as 4,475 kilometers (2,800 miles) before plummeting down into waters off the western coast of Japan.

However, South Korea says that the North Korean government regularly fails to issue these notices when conducting missile launches.

The Cathay plane didn't travel over that part of the sea either, according to flight tracking data.

"The priorities that the president's given us to move as quickly as we can to resolve this crisis with North Korea", Gen. H.R. McMaster told Fox News in an interview. The new flight route goes further north to avoid the Sea of Japan.

Another commentary published Monday referenced the succession of large-scale US-South Korean war games this year, including November's naval exercises that saw three US Navy aircraft carriers operate together in the Pacific for the first time in a decade.

The photographs North Korean state media released of last week's Hwasong-15 nighttime missile test appear to have been tampered with, an analyst told CNN.

Under the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization-a United Nations agency that oversees air safety-nations launching threats to air safety must "issue risk advisories regarding any threats to the safety of civilian aircraft operating in their airspace". Prior to last week's ballistic missile launch, the US spotted North Korea's military making preparations.

Pyongyang does have access to worldwide civil aviation data so it can study the airspace before any launch.

Like this: