North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan, people warned about possible strike
An especially aggressive test-flight that will rattle an already anxious region North Korea fired an unidentified projectile from its capital Pyongyang that flew over Japan, officials said.
Tuesday morning Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff told local media that as the Seoul and U.S. militaries are analyzing the launch at this moment couldn’t confirm how far the missile traveled.
Japanese officials confirmed they did not try to shoot down the missile, which flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido and ended up landing in the Pacific Ocean. No damage to any ship or anything else was reported. NHK TV of Japan quoted the missile separated into three parts, presumably fuel boxes.
The J-Alert warning system of Japanese government warned people to stay indoors cautioned in the area to take covers and prepare in case of a possible missile strike.
The South Korean government immediately called a meeting of the National Security Council in order to analyze available details and discuss the possible steps to be taken following the launch.
Projectile was fired from the Sunan region near the North Korean capital of Pyongyang around 6 a.m. (2100 GMT Monday) South Korea’s military confirmed.