Just a day after North Korea threatened to sink Japan and burn the United Stated to “ashes and darkness,” the defiant country has fired what is said to be a ballistic missile over Japan’s Hokkaido that landed in the Pacific.
The Missile’s Origin
The missile was fired from Sunan, North of N. Korea’s capital, Pyongyang and flew over northern Japan before landing in the Pacific Ocean 20 minutes later, 2200KM east of Japan’s Hokkaido Island.
During an emergency press briefing, Yoshinde Suga, the Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary said that the recent provocations by N. Korea are highly intolerable, and that “we protest in the strongest words.”
According to S. Korean military, the Friday morning unidentified missile went to a height of 770 km and flew a distance of 3700km, long enough to reach the United States’ Guam Island, which is 3400km from North Korea, a territory that Kim Jong Un threatens to attach. However, the US military said that the missile forged no threat to the America’s Pacific region since it was not traveling that direction.
North Korea fired a similar bomb from the same spot that traveled the same path into the Pacific Ocean, only that the recent missile’s magnitude was far stronger than the previous. South Korea, which has already called for an emergency Security Council meeting had also fired a missile to coincide with that of N. Korea. Japan is also on an urgent national Security Council meeting to discuss their next move.
South Korea and the United States believe that the bomb is an intermediate-range ballistic missile. The Japanese foreign minister, on the other hand, believes that it could be an intercontinental ballistic missile with a notably greater range which Kim Jong Un claims to have had a successful test in July.
Residents of Hokkaido, and especially those residing along the missile path received two texts on Friday morning; the first text message warned them to stay indoors, while the second version issued an “all-clear” notification.