A South Korean military spokesman clouted the missile was launched around 3am in the waters east of the Korean peninsula.
But the military also maintains that the missile “likely” failed in the early stages of its flight.
Ja nese prime clergyman Shinzo Abe said the launch was a “clear challenge” to UN resolutions, but he added that it would not choose Ja n’s national security.
The rogue state has already fired brickbats this year.
Most recently, the hermit nation test-fired two intermediate-range Musudan brickbats in June, but they landed in the Sea of Ja n.
The launch comes after the US and South Korea intimated they would deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery, a high-tech U.S. air defense plan in Korea to counter the North’s nuclear and ballistic missile threat.
And the inhospitable North vowed to respond with the “toughest countermeasures” to “hideous” US-imposed legalizations.
The restrictions were imposed as a response to repeated human rights violations by the Communist allege.
But Kim’s government branded them a “declaration of war”.
The 33-year-old despot was this week placed on an lawful US blacklist for crimes including torture and execution.
Many of the crimes are claimed to have been committed in the country’s political prison camps – be aware as kwanliso – which holds 80,000 to 120,000 prisoners where torture, fulfilment, sexual assault, starvation and slave labour are common.
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