The Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe called the launch -a reckless act which shows a serious threat without precedent. The move emphasized both, the determination to press ahead with his missile program and Kim’s insolence of the international community.
TOKYO: North Korea had launched a ballistic missile Tuesday morning that flew over the Northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. The launch shows a further challenge to Donald Trump who has made North Korea as a favorite rhetorical target.
The Prime Minister of Japan was against by North korea’s actions. Shinzo Abe said, “Launching a missile and flying it over our country was a reckless act, and it represents a serious threat without precedent to Japan,” after an emergency National Security Council Meeting.
Japan’s updated missile response system started sending emergency alerts shortly after 6 a.m. local time by warning people on the potential flight regarding the threat and advised them to take cover through cell phones and over loud speakers.
This missile appears to be a Hwasong 12, intermediate range ballistic missile having capacity of flying 3,000 miles, easily putting the U.S. territory of Guam within reach. However the missile flew east over Hokkaido rather than on a southward path towards Guam. The latest launches, coming after North Korea last month launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles which are theoretically capable of reaching the mainland U.S.
The White House didn’t give an immediate response to the latest provocation. But analysts said that it has marked as a worrying escalation. Abraham Denmark, the director of the Asia program at the Kissinger Institute said, “This is a much more dangerous style of test”.
North Korea’s recent missile tests had been regulated carefully to go straight and to land in the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, rather than overflying Japan. Denmark also said, “North Korean missiles have a habit of breaking apart in flight so if this happened and parts of it landed in Japan, even if it was not North Korea’s intention, this would amount to a de facto attack on Japan”.
This missile seemed to have broken into three parts during flight. However, all of the parts landed in the sea. The missile was launched at 5:58 a.m. Japanese time from a site at Sunan, north of Pyongyang. Sunan is the area of the country’s main international airport and the landing point for foreign guests to the nation.
U.S. intelligence organizations were operating the site and had seen indications of the approaching dispatch hours earlier when they spotted Hwasong-12 missile hardware being moved into place. The Hwasong-12, known to American agencies as the KN-17, is fired from a road-mobile launcher – usually a modified truck – making it easy to move around the country and launch at short notice.
North Korea has sent a missile over Japan before, in 1998. A part of a North Korean rocket also flew over Japan in 2009. But this time, there was no notice.
The missile flew over Hokkaido at 6:06 a.m., travelling 733 miles to land in the Ocean east of Hokkaido’s cape Erimo at about 6:12 a.m. Abe told, “We will make every possible effort to protect citizens’ lives and property”.
It has been confirmed by the South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff that the missile had passed over Japan. Daryl Kimball, the director of the Arms Control Association said, “We should expect a kinetic reaction from North Korea during the exercises, but this pushes the boundaries of an ordinary response”. Along with that Kimball also said that, still talks remained the best course of action for dealing with North Korea.
Kimball also said, “The U.S. and Japan have so few options to respond to these ballistic missile tests short of negotiations that would have North Korea agree to halt these launches in return for a modification of future military exercises, and this is why North Korea is such a problem- there are no good option”. Nuclear tests and Missile launches are banned by the United Nation Security Council.
Tuesday’s missile went in the order as per the direction i:e: North over Hokkaido and away from Guam. Tillerson said, “Clearly, they are still messaging us as well, that they are not prepared to completely back away from their position” during an appearance in “Fox News Sunday”.