YONGYANG, North Korea — The prospect of a North Korean missile launch is “considerably high,” South Korea’s foreign minister told lawmakers Wednesday as Pyongyang calmly prepared to mark the April 15 birthday of its founder, historically a time when it seeks to draw the world’s attention with dramatic displays of military power.
The missile is expected to be a medium-range missile with a range of 3,500 kilometers capable of flying over Japan, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se told lawmakers in Seoul. Earlier, a Defense Ministry official said preparations appeared to be complete, and that the launch could take place at any time.
Yun said Seoul was bracing for the test-fire of a ballistic missile dubbed “Musudan” by foreign experts after the name of the northeastern village where North Korea has a launch pad. Experts said the Musudan is mainly built to reach the U.S. territory of Guam though it can also…
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