North Korea Launches Missile Over Northern Japan

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North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan on Aug. 29.  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe notified the public of the missile but did not take action to divert it.

The South Korean government reported that the missile was likely launched from near Pyongyang at 5:57 a.m.  According to Reuters, South Korea believes the missile traveled 1,680 miles and achieved an altitude of about 340 miles.

Japanese broadcaster NHK said that their nation's government had issued a warning about a North Korean missile that was en route to northern Japan's Tohoku region, CNBC reports.

The missile -- which U.S. experts say appears to be an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) -- passed over Hokkaido island in the northern region of the country.  NHK reported that the missile split into three pieces and then fell into the ocean.

Reuters reports that the Japanese government said the missile landed in the sea 735 miles east of Hokkaido. The U.S. Pacific command estimates the time of landing to be 6:29 a.m.   

According to CNBC, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said that the missile launch did not place North America at risk, though the U.S. Department of Defense is still investigating the incident.

Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief cabinet secretary, called the test an "unprecedented, serious and grave threat to our nation," Reuters reports.

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, said that he received North Korea's message "loud and clear."

"This regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior," Trump said in a statement.  "Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world." 

 "All options are on the table," the president added in reference to how the U.S. might respond to North Korea over the missile test.  

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According to CBS, Abe and Trump appear to be on the same page following a 40-minute phone call over what steps to take following the launch.

"Japan's and the U.S. positions are totally at one," Abe said in a statement. He later added: "President Trump expressed his strong commitment to defending Japan, saying he was 100 percent with Japan as an ally."

CBS reports that both Abe and Trump want the U.N. Security Council to conduct an emergency meeting on how to move exert more pressure on North Korea.

Sources: CNBC, Reuters, CBS / Featured Image: Mohammad Agah/Tasnim News Agency via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: United States Missile Defense AgencyOfficial White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

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