Report: North Korea launches 7th missile

SEOUL, July 5 (UPI) -- South Korean military officials said Wednesday North Korea has launched a seventh missile from an east coast facility, the Yonhap news agency reported.

"We confirmed North Korea launched a medium-range missile at around 5:20 p.m. from the Kitdaeryong base in Anbyon, Kangwon Province," a spokesman at the Joint Chiefs of Staff's office said.


All of the missiles reportedly fell into the sea.

The news further incensed Japan, which imposed sanctions on North Korea after the first six test firings earlier in the day, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported. The sanctions include banning the entry of a regular ferry service into Japanese ports for six months and barring North Korean officials, ship crews and chartered flights from entering Japan.

Japan lodged a protest against North Korea through diplomatic contacts in Beijing and urged the U.N. Security Council to become involved.

U.S. national security adviser Stephen Hadley, in a briefing Tuesday evening, described the missile launches as "provocative behavior," but said they posed no immediate threat to the United States.

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