North Korea fires yet another missile towards Japan

Japan has said that North Korea launched a missile that may have landed in its waters. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has convened a special meeting of government officials. The US Pentagon confirmed the report.

April 8, 2012
A North Korean soldier stands guard in front of an Unha-3 rocket at the Sohae Satellite Launch Station in Tongchang-Ri on April 8, 2012. North Korea has confirmed their intention to launch the rocket next week despite international condemnations. (Getty Images/AFP/P. Ugarte)This archive photo shows a North Korean rocket on a launch pad

Japan’s NHK news agency was first to report that North Korea had launched a projectile, presumed to be a missile, shortly before midnight local time (1500 UTC/GMT). The missile may have landed in Japanese waters in what is an exclusive economic zone. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was set to convene an emergency meeting of government officials in response to the launch.

The US Pentagon, which had said earlier in the week that North Korea seemed to be preparing such a missile test, has confirmed that it detected what it says was a ballistic missile launch as well. Officials in Washington had assumed that Pyongyang would be testing either an intermediate-range missile or one of its KN-20 or Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).

North Korea has conducted a series of similar missile tests in recent months, and was hit with further US sanctions on Tuesday.

Read more – North Korea’s war of words with the world

More to follow…

js/msh (AP, Reuters)


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One Response to “North Korea fires yet another missile towards Japan”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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