Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Lower house urges North Korea to abandon N-programs

Lower house urges North Korea to abandon N-programs

In a statement to the BBC, Singapore Airlines said it made the change after Pyongyang launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in July. It hadn't previously announced the change.

The crew of the Cathay Pacific Airways flight says they witnessed the rogue nation's latest weapon break apart and explode as it traveled through the sky early Wednesday morning on November 29. The decision comes after Pyongyang's continuous missile tests in the Sea of Japan disregarding worldwide opposition. Korean Air said the pilots on two of its flights bound for Seoul "saw a flash and everyone is assuming it should be the missile because of the timing".

The U.S. military reportedly detected preparations for North Korea's most recent missile launch at least 72 hours prior, according to The Diplomat, citing U.S. intelligence sources.

"At dawn, North Korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile to the East from the environs of Pyongyang", according to the chiefs of staff of South Korea.

An airline crew traveling from San Francisco to Hong Kong claim they had a chilling, front-row seat to North Korea's latest missile test over the Sea of Japan. North Korea state media reported the Hwasong-15 reached an altitude of 4,475 kilometers (2,800 miles), putting the "whole" U.S. mainland in range.

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

Korean Air didn't provide details of theflights that saw the "flash", or say where they were at the time of the event.

It added that since the July missile, it also evaluates "each individual airline route on a daily basis".

Cathay said there was no current plan to change air routes, saying its plane was "far from the event location".

Any missile launches must be reported to the International Civil Aviation Organization to assure the safety of civilian aircraft.

David C. Wright, a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, wrote in a report Tuesday that the Cathay crew most likely had seen the missile's first stage burn out and fall back to earth.

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