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North Korea launches a ballistic missile, the "South" is alerted: We are on alert together with the American army!
North Korea has fired a ballistic missile into waters off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, according to officials in South Korea and Japan.
The short-range missile was fired in the early hours of this morning from the Taechon area of North Pyongan province, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
He said the South Korean and US militaries are maintaining a "full posture of readiness" and are cooperating closely after the launch, which he described as a "significant provocative act that harms the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula as well as the community international".
The JCS said the launch was a "clear violation" of UN Security Council resolutions and called on North Korea to "stop immediately".
This is the 19th missile launch this year, by CNN's count. The last one was on August 17.
The missile had a flight distance of about 600 kilometers (370 miles), altitude of 60 kilometers (37 miles) and speed of about Mach 5, according to the JCS. South Korean and US intelligence agencies are analyzing further details.
Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said the ballistic missile may have flown on an irregular trajectory.