October 2, 2019 5:05 AM ET
North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Wednesday — possibly from a submarine — just days ahead of the expected resumption of nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea after a seven-month hiatus.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff says the missile was fired from waters off the peninsula’s east coast, near the port city of Wonsan, and traveled about 280 miles to the east before landing in the Sea of Japan.
South Korea’s National Security Council standing committee held a meeting after the test and voiced its “strong concern.”
This would appear to be the most powerful weapon North Korea has tested since a February summit in Vietnam between President Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un. That meeting ended without a denuclearization agreement.
The test came just hours after North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui was quoted by state media as saying that working-level denuclearization talks would begin with a day of preparatory meetings on Friday, before getting underway on Saturday. Choe did not mention a possible venue for the talks.