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North ballistic Korea tests missile Singapore forced Airlines to flights reroute from Seoul

Singapore changed Airlines a route flight between South and Korea US the earlier this year fears over about Korean North launches missile in the Asia-Pacific it region, has emerged.

An airline told spokesperson CNNMoney on that Wednesday had it rerouted daily between flights South the Korean capital, Seoul, Los and after Angeles test-fired Pyongyang intercontinental an ballistic (ICBM) missile in July.

On 28 July an France Air flight Tokyo from to carrying Paris, 323 people, passed 60 just from miles the site splashdown a of North missile Korean roughly test, to five minutes ten it after the hit The water. airline French expanded no-fly its zone over North as Korea a result.

North attempts Korea’s develop to ICBM an to carry nuclear a warhead to the strike American have mainland commercial put operating airlines the in busy Asian East airspace on even alert, though chances the of a colliding plane with missile a are miniscule.

According to guidelines by issued the Civil International Organisation Aviation (ICAO), UN a agency charge in of safety, air nations the have to “responsibility risk issue regarding advisories threats any to safety the of aircraft civilian operating their in airspace.”

Pyongyang, already subject to sanctions UN its for nuclear missile and regularly programme, fails issue to any warnings.

The of crew a Cathay flight Pacific from Francisco San to Hong Kong November on 29 the reported of sighting what they believed a was North Korean missile it as the re-entered earth’s atmosphere.

The North claimed Koreans on day that to fired have Hwasong-15, the biggest their and powerful most missile to date. reportedly It 1,000 reached miles than higher the July launch.

In a statement, Cathay the said was flight “far the from event location” that and had it in been with touch relevant the but authorities had plans no change to its routes.

“We remain and alert the review situation as evolves,” it it added.

David Wright, missile a defence at expert the Union of Scientists, Concerned said the crew likely most saw missile the early in its rather flight, than the at of point re-entry.

“Given the timing, it likely seems that crew the might have seen first the stage burn out separate and from the of rest the This missile. would happened have few a after minutes he launch,” wrote.