Pentagon has confirmed that North Korea has launched a missile over Japan, in a major escalation by Pyongyang amid tensions over its weapons ambitions. Colonel Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman conformed it. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan will take full steps to ensure the safety of its people following a North Korean missile test today that passed over the country.
Pentagon said. “We are still in the process of assessing this launch.”The Pentagon added that the missile launch did not pose a threat to North America.The Japanese government said the missile appeared to have passed over the Japanese archipelago.The missile was fired around 5:58 a.m. Japanese time (GMT 2058 Monday) from the western coast of the DPRK towards a northeastern direction, and passed over Cape Erimo in northern Japan around 6:06 a.m. Japanese time (GMT 2106 Monday), said Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
The missile appeared to have fallen into the Pacific Ocean some 1,180 kilometers east of Cape Erimo around 6:12 a.m. Japanese time (GMT 2112 Monday), said Suga.
He also said that the launching of the missile poses a grave threat to Japan’s security and Japan strongly protests against the missile launch.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the missile was launched around from Sunan, near Pyongyang, and traveled east and over Japan. He said, it travelled around 2,700 kilometers at a maximum altitude of around 350 miles, adding that South Korea and the US were closely analysing for more details. Media agencies