On the morning of October 4, North Korea reportedly launched a ballistic missile towards the Sea of Japan. The Japanese government warned residents in some remote islands that are part of Tokyo as well as Hokkaido and Aomori prefectures to take shelter.
According to Tokyo’s Ministry of Defense, the missile flew over Japan’s northern territory. It reportedly fell into the Pacific Ocean outside the exclusive economic zone of the state, about 3 thousand kilometers from the islands of the Japanese archipelago. The Japanese claims were supported by South Korea. According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, North Korea’s intermediate-range ballistic missile flew ~4,500km with an apogee of ~970km, reaching a speed of Mach 17 before splashing in the Pacific ocean, some 2800 nautical miles east of Korea, having traveled above Japan. The JSC added that South Korea and US intelligence authorities are still analyzing more details. The DPRK reportedly launched an unidentified ballistic missile from Mupyong-ri.
Pyongyang is yet to react to the claims from Tokyo and Seoul.
The following video reportedly shows the missile:
The last time North Korea’s missiles flew over Japan 5 years ago.
Pyongyang has carried out a series of missile tests during the past week. Pyongyang has resumed missile tests, conducting several ballistic missile launches, the last of which was carried out last Saturday.
Meanwhile, Seoul and Washington have carried out joint war games, and US Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to the North Korean border. Last week, Harris traveled to the demilitarized zone and denounced Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un’s government. She attacked Pyongyang, dubbing the government as a “brutal dictatorship.” She went on to demand the full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, provocatively committing to defending South Korea with the “full range of US defense capabilities.”
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