The Wall Street Journal: North Korea launches ballistic missile ahead of Fourth of July

SEOUL — North Korea launched a ballistic missile into the waters between Korea and Japan on Tuesday morning — its first such launch in more than a month — which comes on the eve of Independence Day in the U.S.

The missile was launched at 9:10 a.m. Pyongyang time from Banghyon, which is just north of the capital, according to a spokesman at South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. The spokesman declined to comment further, adding that authorities were analyzing the details of the launch. The U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii didn’t immediately comment on the launch.

Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the latest missile appeared to land in Japan’s maritime exclusive economic zone, which extends about 200 nautical miles from the coast.

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