First North Korean missile successfully flies over Japan since 1998

  • An unidentified missile was launched early on Tuesday Korean time which flew over Erimomisaki, on the northern island of Hokkaido, before crashing into the Pacific Ocean. It is the first time that a North Korean missile has flown over Japan, which is assumed to be a ballistic weapon, since 1998. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called it “most serious and grave” threat. The United Nations Security Council is likely to call an emergency meeting in response to the missile launch. As per media reports, this latest missile launch appears to be powerful enough to potentially carry a nuclear warhead. In an emergency press conference, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said “the missile was in flight for about 15 minutes.” Currently, the US and Japanese forces are taking part in training drills in Hokkaido.

    North Korea Missile Launch Over Japan