North Korea's latest missile launch draws condemnation from the South Korean president, who says it's heading towards ''self-destruction''. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) North Korea launched what appeared to be an intermediate-range missile on Wednesday (June 22) to a high altitude in the direction of Japan before it plunged into the sea, military officials said, a technological advance for the isolated state after several test failures. South Korean President Park Geun-hye denounced the test. The launch came about two hours after a similar test failed, South Korea's military said, and covered 400 km (250 miles), more than halfway towards the southwest coast of Japan's main island of Honshu. The launches and earlier nuclear tests show continued defiance of international warnings and a series of U.N. Security Council resolutions and sanctions, which North Korea rejects as an infringement of its sovereignty. Reclusive North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty. The North regularly threatens to destroy the Japan, South Korea and the South's main ally, the United States.