North Korea conducted a successful round of testing on its first ‘strategic’ cruise missile with possible nuclear capability. Launched from the eastern coast, the Hwasong-12 ballistic missile traveled for 300 miles before crashing into the Sea of Japan.
The country’s state media called it “a special operation against major objects in the Pacific.”
US military officials confirmed that they tracked the launch but were still assessing what type of missile was fired.
The launch came just days after the North Korean military’s latest ballistic missile test, and ahead of Donald Trump’s visit to Asia.
A statement from the Japanese government said that it “clearly shows North Korea has entered a new stage” and confirmed that the country had fired and air and sea and landing warning to citizens near the coastline.
CNN reported that doing so is one of the world’s most reclusive regimes
A statement from North Korea reportedly said, “The current ballistic rocket launching drill like a real war is the first step of the military operation in the Pacific and a meaningful prelude to containing Guam.”
Currently, it has been confirmed that two missiles were launched eastward at 6:49 AM local time on September 14, 2017.
The US military’s Pacific Command said it was assessing the type of missile but warned that North Korea had frequently test-fired missiles in recent months.
One of the missiles blew up immediately after launch.
US Defense Secretary James Mattis stated that North Korea
A press release from the South Korean military stated that “North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile into East Sea from Sukchon area” in North Korea.
Pentagon spokesman Commander Dave Benham said, “We strongly condemn this and North Korea’s other recent missile tests, which violate UN Security Council Resolutions explicitly prohibiting North Korea’s launches using ballistic missile technology.”
Benham stated that US military forces continued to monitor the situation in coordination with its regional allies and remained prepared to defend themselves and their allies.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command said it “determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America.”
It was reportedly the third test of a ballistic missile by North Korea in three weeks, following two launches that flew over northern Japan.
The launch also comes just before President Trump’s visit to China and South Korea.