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North Korea launches missile into Japanese waters, officials say

The Japanese National Security Council and Pentagon are both looking into the launch.


Bryan Rolli


Posted on Jul 28, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 10:25 pm CDT

North Korea launched a ballistic missile Friday night that potentially landed in Japanese waters, the Japanese and American officials confirmed.

The aggressive action marks the latest threat from Pyongyang as it edges closer to conflict with the United States.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said North Korea fired the missile at 11:42pm local time on Friday night and it landed 45 minutes later, according to Japanese national public broadcaster NHK. Japanese government sources also told NHK that vessels in the country’s economic zone received warnings shortly after the launch was detected.

It was not immediately clear whether the missile caused any damage.

The Associated Press reports that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe called a meeting with his National Security Council to discuss the launch. The U.S. government responded similarly, as Pentagon spokesman and Navy Captain Jeff Davis said, “We are assessing it and will have more information soon.”

On Wednesday, North Korea once again threatened a preemptive nuclear strike the against U.S.

“If enemies misunderstand our strategic status and stick to options of staging a pre-emptive nuclear attack against us, we will launch a nuclear attack on America’s heart as the most relentless punishment without warning or prior notice,” Pak Yong Sik, North Korea’s defence minister, said in a statement, according to the country’s state-run news agency.

Gen. Mark Milley, the U.S. Army’s chief of staff, said in a speech at the National Press Club on Thursday that North Korea is “the single most dangerous threat facing the international community right now.”

Washington Post/ABC News poll released earlier this month found that 74 percent of Americans are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about nuclear war with North Korea.

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*First Published: Jul 28, 2017, 12:19 pm CDT