North Korea launches Pukguksong-2 medium-range missile


North Korea has reportedly test fired a medium-range missile in Pukchang County in South Phyongan province.

The latest missile test involved a Pukguksong-2 missile that flew more than 500km and reached a height of 560km, according to North Korea’s state news agency Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Following the launch, North Korea said that it is now ready to deploy and start production of a new medium-range missile that can reach Japan, The Associated Press reported.

The test was conducted to validate the missile’s technical features and to examine its ‘adaptability under various battle conditions’ before it is deployed to military units, KCNA stated.

"The test was conducted to validate the missile’s technical features and to examine its ‘adaptability under various battle conditions’ before it is deployed to military units."

The missile, which had a shorter range when compared to those previously launched by North Korea, fell into the sea outside Japanese waters, the BBC reported citing Japanese news agencies.

Last week, the UN Security Council demanded North Korea conduct no further nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

The council's members also committed to fully implement all measures imposed on North Korea and strongly urge all other member states to do so.

It claims it will continue to closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures, including sanctions.