North Korea missile is Soviet-era says South

STORY: South Korea said it had identified debris from a North Korean missile launch as part of a Soviet-era projectile on Wednesday (November 9).

That as North Korea launched at least one ballistic missile into the sea.

Analysis by neighboring South Korea said the debris - which it believes came from a launch last week - belonged to an SA-5 anti-aircraft missile, citing its appearance and features.

It was the first time a North Korean ballistic missile had landed near South Korean waters.

North Korea said the launch was in protest against joint air drills by South Korea and the United States.

Wednesday’s launch comes a week after North Korea test-fired multiple missiles.

Including a possible failed intercontinental ballistic missile.

Japan’s Coast Guard said on Wednesday the ballistic missile appeared to have fallen into the sea, minutes after the launch was reported.

Drawing condemnation from Tokyo.

Here’s their defense minister Yasukazu Hamada.

“Since the beginning of this year, North Korea has repeatedly been launching ballistic missiles at an unprecedented rate, significantly heightening tensions on the Korean Peninsula and in the region. North Korea has rapidly escalated its provocations and such unilateral actions are a threat to the peace and stability of Japan, the region, as well as the international community, and are absolutely unacceptable."

Hamada added that Japan’s government had lodged a strong protest with North Korea via diplomatic channels through Beijing.

South Korean and U.S. officials have said that Pyongyang has made technical preparations to test a nuclear device.

Which is the first time it will have done so since 2017.