North Korea has just fired a missile on Saturday, May 7, one day after China announced it would send its second highest leader to the upcoming South Korea president’s inauguration.
South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency cited the country’s Joint Chiefs of Staff that its northern neighbor just fired a missile, likely from a submarine. The missile was fired at 2:07 p.m. local time from the Sinpo area of North Korea’s east coast.
The short-range ballistic missile reached an altitude of about 37 miles over its 373-mile trajectory.
The Japanese coast guard confirmed the projectile had fallen into East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, at 2:25 p.m. local time.
The missile launch occurred just one day after China confirmed its Vice-President Wang Qishan will visit South Korea to attend president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol’s inauguration ceremony next Tuesday, May 10.
Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post cited diplomatic observers as saying that the Chinese Vice-President’s trip to South Korea is likely to help Beijing strengthen ties with Seoul. It’s because China tries to counter Washington’s efforts to step up relations in the region.
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol, a pro-US candidate as compared to the former president, has promised to take a harder stance on China.