MOSCOW, February 12. /TASS/. South Korea is doing its best to prepare a "corresponding" response to Sunday’s missile test by its northern neighbor, South Korea's Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn was quoted as saying by the Yonhap news agency.
"Our government, in tandem with the international community, is doing its best to ensure a corresponding response to punish the North (for its missile launch)," the president said.
According to a statement by South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), the launch was intended to send a message to the new US administration, which has a hard-line stance toward the communist state.
"The missile launch is a clear violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions. It is aimed at drawing attention from the international community, and showing off its nuclear and missile capabilities in protest against the new U.S. government," Yonhap quoted the statement as saying.
An unidentified missile was launched around 1:55 Moscow time, from Banghyeon in North Korea’s Pyongan Province. According to latest estimates it flew about 350-500 kilometers before landing in the Sea of Japan, outside the exclusive economic zone of Japan.
According to South Korean military, it was either a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile that can strike targets at the distance of 2,500-4,000 kilometers or a shorter-range Rodong missile.
North Korea’s media and officials have made no statements so far to confirm the launch.