North Korea launched a ballistic missile Wednesday morning from the east coast city of Sinpo that was able to fly about 40 miles, the South Korean military said.
U.S. Pacific Command said it detected and tracked "what we assess was a North Korean missile launch," and kept watch on the medium-range ballistic missile until it landed about 9 minutes later in the Sea of Japan. Sinpo is the site of a submarine base. In March, North Korea fired four missiles toward Japan, experts say the country is working on creating a ballistic missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland. Later this week, President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet in the United States, and Trump is expected to nudge Xi into pressuring North Korea to end its nuclear arms development.