N. Korea Missile Launch Photos Digitally Edited, Show the Wrong Star Constellations

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"Currently, our flight routings do not transverse in the vicinity of the missile trajectory as we have taken earlier steps to avoid the northern part of the Sea of Japan", noted an SIA spokesperson to Channel NewsAsia.

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".

Korean carrier Asiana Airlines also changed flight paths on some of its routes between Korea and the U.S. in 2010 in order to avoid the risk of being hit by an unexpected missile.

North Korea often lobs its missiles into the East Sea. According to the report, the best chance the USA has in intercepting a ballistic missile is when it is on, or leaving the launch pad. However, it said it would not be changing any routes as a result of the incident.

"There are no current routes that fly through a unsafe zone", said an Asiana Airlines official. "We remain alert and (will) review the situation as it evolves".

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The Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile demonstrated a greater range than other missiles North Korea has tested.

In August, Air France-KLM expanded its no-fly zone around North Korea after a missile test.

Meanwhile, Senator Lindsey Graham said Sunday on "Face the Nation" that preemptive war in North Korea is "becoming more likely" as the country's improving missile technology presents an increasing threat.

Meanwhile, tensions on the Korean Peninsula continue to escalate, with the United States and South Korea launching major joint drills on Monday. That plan would see the drills suspended in exchange for Pyongyang halting its nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

Moscow believes the regular drills, combined with Washington's saber-rattling, are "provoking Pyongyang into taking some rash action" after months of restraint, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday.

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