Flight crew witnessed North Korean nuclear missile test, airline says

Flight crew witnessed North Korean nuclear missile test, airline says

Flight crew witnessed North Korean nuclear missile test, airline says

An airplane crew flying over Japan saw North Korea's missile as it plunged back through the atmosphere last week, their airline said Monday, as South Korea and the United States kicked off their largest ever joint air exercise.

As well as featuring the latest generation of stealth fighters, this year's wargames involve simulated precision attacks on the North's military installations, including its missile launch sites and artillery units, Yonhap news agency said, citing unnamed Seoul sources.

But even some Trump advisers say U.S. military options are limited when Pyongyang could launch an artillery barrage on the South Korean capital Seoul - only around 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the heavily-fortified border and home to 10 million people. Missile remnants landed in the Sea of Japan.

According to the Associated Press, the crew reported seeing the missile re-enter the atmosphere over Japan during a flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong on November 29.

"We have been in contact with relevant authorities and industry bodies as well as with other carriers".

"At the moment, no one is changing any routes or operating parameters", the airline said in a statement via the AP. "We remain alert and review the situation as it evolves".

North Korea's Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile reached an altitude of about 4,475 km (2,780 miles) during its 53-minute flight.

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Even though the analysts agree that the latest test reveals that North Korea has improved its potential range, they also claim that they likely used a light dummy warhead, the Manila Times reported. In early August, Air France expanded their no-fly zone around North Korea after it transpired one of its planes flew close to a North Korean missile path.

On Monday the US and South Korea started their largest ever joint air exercise, an operation Pyongyang has labelled an "all-out provocation".

North Korean state media condemned the exercise, saying the USA was "begging for nuclear war" and will push the region "to the brink of nuclear war", the BBC reported.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (L) and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff speak to the press about the situation in North Korea at the White House in Washington, D.C. on September 3, 2017.

Russian Federation and China have also called on a halt in the joint exercises as part of a so-called "double freeze" plan.

Defense Secretary James Mattis said he still had confidence in diplomatic efforts to address the North Korea situation, but that the US also has military options available.

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