Following the announcement of a plan to launch its first military surveillance satellite into orbit, the military of South Korea claims that North Korea has launched a supposedly space-launch vehicle.
Further flight information was not immediately available on Wednesday from the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the South.
Following the launch, authorities in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, issued notifications to citizens urging them to get ready for an evacuation, but there were no immediate reports of damage or disruption.
The coast guard reported that North Korea alerted Japan’s coast guard on Monday that it intended to launch a satellite between May 31 and June 11.
North Korea’s satellite launch is against U.N. law. Security Council resolutions prohibit ballistic technology because it is considered a cover for missile tests.