North Korea Sends Ballistic Missile Soaring Over Japan

by Wall Street Rebel - Michael London | 10/04/2022 8:33 AM
North Korea Sends Ballistic Missile Soaring Over Japan

After North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday morning, Residents were instructed to evacuate buildings and take shelter underground.

 

Japan was forced to issue evacuation notices and suspend trains during the flight of the nuclear-capable weapon that could reach the U.S. territory of Guam and possibly beyond after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday for the first time in five years. This was the first time North Korea had fired a ballistic missile over Japan. The launch was North Korea's most provocative exhibition of its military might thus far in 2018.

After receiving word from its coast guard that North Korea had fired a missile, the Japanese government issued a warning to its people to seek cover.

The Office of the Prime Minister of Japan issued a statement urging inhabitants to "evacuate inside a building or underground" when the earthquake struck.

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On the Office's official Twitter account, the Prime Minister's Office issued the following statement: "The missile is suspected of having been launched from North Korea." Take shelter in a building or underground if you can. Date and time received: 7:29 on the fourth Target area: Aomori Prefecture, Tokyo"

As residents ran for cover in fear, train service was temporarily halted.

The video also shows a message that was broadcast on the local television station instructing inhabitants to flee the area and seek safety underground.

It appears that North Korea has fired a missile into the air. In the event of an evacuation, please go to the interior of a building or the basement. "Hokkaido is the target location," the statement stated on the local TV station.

The Hwasong-12, which was unveiled by the Kim regime in a military display back in January, is suspected to be the missile in question, according to analysts. North Korea launched the missile from an area close to its border with China. It was a direct route over northern Japan that spanned 2,800 miles and took 22 minutes to complete before the plane went down in the water.

In the previous ten days, North Korea has conducted a total of five rounds of weapon testing, the most recent of which was the launch. The obvious response to two sets of military drills that took place last week off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula, one involving the United States and South Korea and the other involving the United States, South Korea, and Japan, is the current round of nuclear and missile tests.

North Korea views exercises of this nature involving the United States as a dress rehearsal for an invasion. It was expected that it would react violently this time because both exercises involved a United States aircraft carrier, which North Korea sees as more provocative than any other type of military vessel.

Hirokazu Matsuno, the Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan, held an emergency media conference where he confirmed that the missile had flown over northern Japan and landed in the Pacific Ocean outside of Japan's exclusive economic zone (Japanese waters).

The Japanese public broadcaster NHK stated that debris may have fallen in the northern prefectures of Aomori or Hokkaido.

According to Matsuno, the launch poses a threat to Japan and the people of Japan.

According to the official, his country has a "strong objection" to the missile launch that was conducted by North Korea and will deliver a "serious complaint" to Pyongyang.

The Office issued a warning to local citizens, advising them to take additional safety measures in light of the occurrence.

"If you see anything that looks strange, do not approach it and call the police or fire department as soon as possible," the sign says.

In response to the rise in the number of rocket launches by North Korea, Japan announced earlier this month that it would resume practicing evacuation procedures for its citizens.

The announcement was made after the fleets of South Korea, the United States of America, and Japan held trilateral anti-submarine exercises on Friday for the first time in five years.

The North Korean government's "reckless nuclear provocations" will be met with a firm response from the South Korean government and the international community as a whole, according to South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol. Separately, his military issued a warning that North Korea's further launches of ballistic missiles will increase the country's level of international isolation and lead South Korea and the United States to increase the capabilities of their own deterrents.

In a combined strike simulation later on Tuesday, four United States F-16 fighter jets and four South Korean F-15 fighter jets participated. According to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, the purpose of the drill was to demonstrate the allies' capability to correctly hit North Korean targets with "crushing firepower." During the exercise, one of the South Korean planes dropped two precision-guided Joint Direct Attack Munition bombs on an island target.

The North Korean missile that was launched from the region in the country's north that borders China is believed to have gone between 2,800 and 2,860 kilometers and reached a maximum height of between 970-1,000 kilometers, according to estimations provided by South Korea and Japan (600-620 miles). Yasukazu Hamada, the Minister of Defense of Japan, stated that it had landed in the Pacific approximately 3,200 kilometers (1,990 miles) off the northern coast of Japan. He also stated that there were no reports of damage to Japanese aircraft or ships following the incident.

The Defense Ministry of South Korea reported that the missile traveled further than any other weapon previously launched by North Korea. The 3,700-kilometer (2,300-mile) flight that a Hwasong-12 completed in 2017 was the longest flight ever completed by North Korea prior to Tuesday's launch. It has in the past conducted tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles at steep angles, causing them to fly at lesser distances to avoid nearby countries.

The flight distance of the missile demonstrates that it has sufficient range to target Guam, which is home to the United States military bases. In the past, the United States has dispatched advanced jets to the Korean Peninsula as a show of force during times of heightened tension with North Korea. During the year 2017, North Korea threatened to produce "an encircling inferno" around Guam with Hwasong-12 missiles amid escalating tensions with President Trump's government.

The missiles launched during the most recent four rounds of launches had a relatively modest range and landed in the waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula. These missiles have the capability of striking targets in South Korean territory.

Heo Tae-Keun, the deputy minister of national defense policy for South Korea, warned lawmakers on Tuesday that North Korea is getting ready to test a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that uses liquid fuel, as well as a submarine-launched ballistic missile. He stated that North Korea is prepared to perform a nuclear test, which would be the country's first such bomb detonation in the past five years and its seventh in total. He also stated that this would be the country's first nuclear test in 2017.

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The adoption of a new law by North Korea last month that allows for the preemptive deployment of nuclear weapons in certain circumstances was a move that demonstrated the country's increasingly bellicose nuclear posture. Yoon issued a warning the previous Saturday about a "resolute, overwhelming response" from the forces of South Korea and the United States in the event that North Korea used nuclear weapons.

As a result, on September 29, United States Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas.

 

                       North Korea fires missile over Japan: CBS News Flash October 4, 2022

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