The Japanese Ministry of Defense reported that the information that the first of the three missiles launched by North Korea passed over Japan and fell into the Pacific was withdrawn. It was stated that the missile disappeared from the radar and did not pass over Japan. It is estimated that the first missile fell into the Sea of Japan (East Sea).
State television NHK announced that the missiles launched by North Korea at 07:51, 08:41 and 08:51 local time fell into the Sea of Japan (East Sea).
J-ALERT WARNING SYSTEM IS ACTIVE
In the message of the “J-Alert” early warning system, which became operational in Yamagata, Niigata and Miyagi provinces after the first missile, the people were asked to stay in the buildings.
It was stated that the warning to the public covering the three provinces was made “after it was noticed that the missile was approaching towards Japan”.
Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio described the missile tests as “unbearable” in a statement to reporters.
Prime Minister Kishida said that the first launched missile was estimated to be an intercontinental ballistic type missile (ICBM).
Kishida noted that cooperation with the United States and South Korea will continue to take counter-movements.
In addition, it was noted that after the trials, no damage was detected to sea and aircraft navigating throughout the region.
Defense Minister Hamada Yasukazu announced that “the cause of the disappearance of (the first missile) from radar is being investigated”.
On the other hand, the Japan Coast Guard (KAIHO) announced that after the first test, North Korea launched two more missiles.
Two other missiles were reported to have crashed into the Sea of Japan (East Sea).
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff announced that it is estimated that North Korea is testing a medium or long-range ballistic missile.
North Korea last tested a missile that fell into the Pacific Ocean, passing over Japan, in September 2017 and early last month.