N. KOREA FIRES MISSILE OVER JAPAN
Flight over Japan comes shortly after powerful nuclear test
North Korea launched a missile over Japan Friday morning, one day after the country, led by Kim Jong Un, left, threatened to use weapons to “sink” Japan and turn the United States to “ashes and darkness.”
North Korea fired a missile early Friday morning over Japan, less than two weeks after its most powerful nuclear test ever, South Korea’s military reported.
The missile was fired from Sunan, the location of the international airport serving Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, and flew eastward over Japan, according to the South Korean military. It flew around 3,700 kilometers or 2,300 miles, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, and reached a maximum altitude of roughly 770 kilometers or 478 miles.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said it appeared to be an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile based on its range, NHK said.
Japan’s J-ALERT emergency warning system sent out alert messages on Friday advising residents to take shelter indoors or underground. The alert said that the missile appeared to have flown over the Kanto region, according to NHK.
The government was advising residents to stay away from anything that could be missile debris, according to NHK.
President Trump was briefed on the missile launch by chief of staff John Kelly, the White House said.
In a statement, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the missile launch would “only deepen North Korea’s diplomatic and economic isolation,” and called on China and Russia to take further measures against the Kim regime.
“China supplies North Korea with most of its oil. Russia is the largest employer of North Korean forced labor. China and Russia must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own,” he said.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, said the missile did not pose a threat to North America, and U.S. Pacific Command determined it did not pose a threat to the U.S. territory of Guam, Cmdr. Dave Benham, spokesman for U.S. Pacific Command, told USA TODAY via e-mail.
The United Nations Security Council will meet Friday at 3 p.m. in response to the launch, Reuters reported, citing diplomats.
A man in Tokyo watches TV news coverage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. North Korea threatened to destroy Japan.