North Korea Missile Launch Confirmed By Pentagon, Japan

Friday, July 28th 2017, 11:47 am
By: News 9

North Korea fired a ballistic missile Friday night which landed in the ocean off Japan, American and Japanese officials said.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a meeting of Japan's National Security Council.

"I have received information that North Korea once again conducted a missile firing," he said. "We will immediately analyze information and do our utmost to protect the safety of the Japanese people."

There was no immediate announcement of the type of missile. On July 4, North Korea test-launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile.

Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the missile launched Friday flew for about 45 minutes and landed off the Japanese coast in waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK said the coast guard issued safety warnings to aircraft and ships.

South Korea and the United States also confirmed the launch.

"We are assessing and will have more information soon," said Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile was launched from North Korea's northern Jagang province.

Analysts say the "Hwasong 14" ICBM launched by North Korea on July 4 could be capable of reaching most of Alaska or possibly Hawaii if fired in an attacking trajectory. It was launched at a very steep angle, a technique called lofting, and reached a height of more than 1,550 miles before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean 580 miles away.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said this week that China was cooperating on a new U.N. resolution that would impose additional sanctions against North Korea, CBS News foreign affairs analyst Pamela Falk reports.

"We are constantly in touch with China, and I can say that things are moving, but it is still too early to tell how far they'll move," Haley said.

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