N. Korea fires missile that flies over Japan
Aggressive test rattles already anxious region.
The projectile, which fell into the ocean without causing damage, marked an aggressive test flight that will increase area tensions.
North Korea fifired an unidentifified projectile from its capital Pyon gy ang that flew over Japan before plunging into the northern Pacifific Ocean, offiffic ials said Tuesday, an especially aggressive test- flflight that will rattle an already anxious region.
Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staffff on Tuesday said the missile traveled 1,677 miles and reached a maximum height of 341 miles as it flflew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
The JCS said it is analyzing the launch with the United States and also that South Korea’s military has strengthened its monitoring and preparation in case of further actions from North Korea.
Japanese officials said there was no damage to ships or anything else reported. Japan’s NHK TV said the missile separated into three parts.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters, “We will do our utmost to protect people’s lives.”
The launch comes days after the North fifired what was assessed as three shortrange ballistic missiles into the sea and a month after its second flflight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, which analysts say could reach deep into the U.S. mainland when perfected.
No rth Korea t ypi ca lly reacts with anger to U.S.- South Korean military drills, which are happening now, often staging weapons tests and releasing threats to Se oul and Washington i n its state-controlled media. But animosity is higher than usual following threats by President Donald Trump to unleash “fifire and fury” on the North, and Pyongyang’s stated plan to consider fifiring some of its missiles toward Guam.
Pyongyang re gu l a rly argues that the U.S.-South Korean military exercises are an invasion rehearsal.
The allies say they are defensive and meant to counter North Korean aggression.
North Korea’s U.N. ambassador, Ja Song Nam, wrote recently that the exercises are “provocative and aggressive” when the Korean peninsula is “like a time bomb.”
South Korean protesters stage a rally against the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday. North Korea fifired an unidentifified...