North Korea Has Fired Another Missile That Landed Within 230 Miles of Japan's Coast
North Korea test fired a missile that may have landed within 230 miles of Japan's coast, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.
The missile was fired shortly before midnight Japan time on Friday, Japan's public broadcaster NHK said, citing government officials. Abe is convening an emergency meeting of officials, Reuters reported.
"We detected a launch of a ballistic missile from North Korea," Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Logan told CNBC in an email statement. "We are assessing and will have more information soon."
Japan's chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said the North Korean missile flew for about 45 minutes before landing in Japan's economic exclusive zone. Suga reported that there was no immediate reports of damage from the missile.
A South Korean military official told NBC News that North Korea fired "one unidentified projectile" into the East Sea, which is a portion of the Sea of Japan. The military official said the incident was immediately reported to South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
The missile was fired from Jagang province in northern North Korea, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, citing the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff. The agency also said the South Korean president arranged an urgent meeting of his national security team.
There were indications earlier this week that nuclear-armed North Korea was preparing for another ballistic missile test. And some experts had predicted the communist nation would launch the test on Thursday to mark Victory Day, a military holiday.
Regardless, the new test represents a setback in efforts to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula. China, North Korea's longtime ally, has been pressuring the regime to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missiles programs but so far has little to show for it.
Experts say North Korea currently is known to have the capability to send missiles to all of South Korea, Japan, as well as to Guam. And the July 4 test-firing of its first intercontinental ballistic missile proved the regime is capable of striking the U.S. mainland too.
"In all honesty, we should not be surprised anymore: North Korea is slowly morphing into a nuclear and missile power right before our very eyes," said Harry Kazianis, director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest, a think-tank founded by former President Richard Nixon.
This latest missile firing by North Korea comes a day before the U.S. prepares to conduct a new experimental test of its THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) anti-missile defense system.
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