Continuing its defiant moves, North Korea fired another missile that flew over Japan’s northern Hokkaido Island and landed some 2000 km beyond into Pacific Ocean early Friday morning. This was the second such missile test flying over Japan’s territory in less than 20 days.
The missile covered a distance of 3,700 km while Guam, an unincorporated US territory housing Anderson Air Force base lies at just 3,400 km from North Korean coast. Pyongyang had earlier threatened to fire 30-40 km short of Guam.
Reuters reports from Tokyo that warning announcements about the missile blared around 7 a.m. in the pats of northern Japan, while residents received alerts on their mobile phones or saw warnings on TV asking them to seek refuge.
This was announced by Japanese Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. However, North Korea’s official news agency KCNA Watch has not announced the fresh missile test over Japan so far.
Earlier on August 29, North Korea had fired a missile flying over Japan causing nervousness in Hokkaido residents, who woke up with siren sound and warning messages on their mobiles. People were advised to evacuate and take shelter in basements of sturdy buildings.
North Korea’s State agency Korea-Pacific Peace Committee (KAPPC) on Wednesday had threatened to use nuclear weapons to “sink” Japan and reduce US to “ashes and darkness”.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who concluded his two day India visit on Thursday, told reporters in Tokyo, “The international community needs to come together and send a clear message to North Korea that it is threatening world peace with its actions.” He described the Pyongyang’s missile launch as “unacceptable”.
The US military sources said soon after the launch that it had detected a single intermediate range ballistic missile. However they say that “the missile did not pose a threat to North Korea or the US Pacific territory of Guam.”
The missile reached an altitude of about 770 km and flew for about 19 minute over a distance of about 3,700 km.