North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile Over Japan

On Aug. 29, North Korea executed another missile test, claiming it was the first step in a Pacific military operation.This test has been reported to be one of the “most provocative” to date as North Korean state TV, the Japanese Defense Ministry and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) confirmed that the missile flew over Japan.

The New York Times reported that the missile was likely a Hwasong 12, an intermediate range missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads and other destructive weapons. The missile travelled 1700 miles during its nine minute flight. Originating from a mobile launchpad near Pyongyang and terminating in the Pacific Ocean East of Japan, the missile’s flight notably included an overflight of Hokkaido, a Northern Japanese Island.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated that “North Korea’s unprecedented action of launching a missile that passed over Japan, is a serious and grave threat.” The flight path of the missile prompted activation of the Japanese emergency broadcast system, which informed citizens of the event immediately. Scheduled public transportation systems were also delayed or cancelled for the duration of the missile’s overflight.   

Since the missile launch, the international community has further condemned the North Korean Regime for its careless and provocative tests. Unusual seismic activity near North Korea on Sept. 3 suggested North Korea tested a nuclear weapon. Korean Central News Agency and the U.S. military confirmed that Kim Jong Un responded with a successful test of a hydrogen bomb.

President Trump responded to the launch by claiming that “all options are on the table,” while Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor and current U.S. Ambassador to the UN, said Kim is “begging for war” at an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting in response to the recent tests.

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