Singapore Airlines Decides to Reroute Flights as Measure against N. Korea Missiles

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According to a Channel NewsAsia report, Singapore Airlines has rerouted some of its flights in response to missile tests conducted by North Korea.

The test-launch raised tension further with South Korea and the U.S., who on Monday began their largest ever joint air exercise, which the North has branded an "all-out provocation".

The representative of the Ministry of defense Colonel Robert manning reported that the missile flew about 1,000 km before falling into the sea of Japan, reports Reuters.

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Cathay said Monday that the flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong reported witnessing the apparent re-entry of the ICBM that North Korea launched before dawn Wednesday.

Minutes later, the pilot of another Korean Air plane reported seeing a similar flash of light, airline spokesman Cho Hyun-mook said, as cited by AP.

"There are no current routes that fly through a risky zone", said an Asiana Airlines official.

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Japan is preparing to acquire precision air-launched missiles that for the first time would give it the capability to strike North Korean missile sites, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said earlier this week.

The most recent incident was when the crew of Cathay Pacific and Korean Air spotted the Hwasong 15 missile launched last week by North Korea. "We remain alert and (will) review the situation as it evolves".

It joins a growing group of airlines who have re-routed planes because of Pyongyang's more frequent launches. The French airline expanded its no-fly zone over North Korea as a result.

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North Korea has long objected against joint drills by the two allies, with Pyongyang's ambassador to the United Nations ruling out negotiations with Washington in November, citing America's "hostile policy" against his country and continuing joint exercises.

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