The flight of a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Wednesday morning, July 12, was the country’s longest-running missile launch. This was reported in the Ministry of Defense of Japan.
“North Korea on Wednesday launched ICBMs from an area near Pyongyang in an easterly direction. She was in the air for 74 minutes and fell 250 km from Hokkaido outside the exclusive economic zone of Japan in the Sea of Japan, ”the Asahi TV channel quoted the Defense Ministry as saying.
The missile’s flight altitude was 6,000 km, and its range was 1,000 km. The Secretary General of the Cabinet also indicated that the rocket was launched along a steep trajectory. In addition, he noted that the current tests are not related to the launch of a reconnaissance satellite, which Pyongyang intended to carry out.
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The launch of the DPRK missile towards Japan became known earlier in the day. The launch was carried out at 9.59 (03.59 Moscow time – Ed.), the rocket fell outside the exclusive economic zone of Japan at about 11.13 (5.13 Moscow time – Ed.). The Japanese government is in constant contact with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who is in Vilnius for a NATO summit.