The South Korean Defence Ministry says, North Korea fired a ballistic missile today in an apparent provocation to test the response from new US President Donald Trump. The missile, launched around 7:55 am from Banghyon Air Base in the western province of North Pyongan Province, flew east towards the Sea of Japan.

It flew about 500 Kilometres before falling into the sea, a Defence Ministry spokesman said, adding the exact type of missile had yet to be identified. He said, it is believed that it was an armed provocation to test the response from the new us administration under president trump.

An Army official quoted by Yonhap news agency ruled out the possibility of a long-range missile test, describing the device as an upgraded version of the North’s Short-Range Rodong Missile.