SEOUL : North Korea fired a short-range missile into the sea on Saturday, the 15th time it has launched rockets this year, the South's Yonhap news agency reported. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff in a statement said the North "fired a short-range missile presumed to be a Scud-type one into the East Sea" (Sea of Japan) at 09:40 pm (12:40 GMT). The missile, with an estimated range of 500 kilometres (300 miles), was launched in a northeastern direction from Jangsan Cape in North Korea's western coastal region near the de facto sea border between the two states.
"We are analysing the motive of its missile launch, and we have maintained high-level readiness against its possible additional firing," Yonhap quoted the JCS statement as saying.
Pyongyang had not imposed a no-fly, no-sail zone ahead of the launch, which was the sixth ballistic missile firing this year, the news agency said.