BREAKING: North Korea Just Fired MISSILE At Japan… It’s Happening

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The Pentagon has confirmed on Monday that North Korea just fired a missile over Japan.

“We assess North Korea conducted a missile launch within the last 90 minutes,” the Pentagon stated.

“We can confirm that the missile launched by North Korea flew over Japan. We are still in the process of assessing this launch. North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America. We are working closely with Pacific Command, Strategic Command and NORAD and will provide an update as soon as possible.”

A senior U.S. official said that there had been some movement suggesting an intermediate missile was being prepped, Fox News reported.

The South Korean military said this missile went 1,700 miles into space — lower than the 2,300 miles into space an intercontinental ballistic missile went in late July.

The missile was fired from the area of Sunan in Pyongyang shortly before 6 a.m. and flew east, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said, according to Yonhap News Agency.

“It passed through the sky over Japan,” the JCS said.

NHK, Japan’s broadcaster, said that the missile flew over the nation’s territory. Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga labeled it an “unprecedented grave threat.”

South Korea’s presidential office Cheong Wa Dae convened a National Security Council (NSC) session quickly after the missile was fired.

The move came after North Korea fired three short-range missiles on Saturday.

The officials confirmed a report by the Yonhap news agency that cited South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff and reported that the projectile was fired from a site in Gangwon province in eastern North Korea.

The report added that the missiles flew about 155 miles to the northeast.

In a statement, Cmdr. David Benham, a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Command, said the missile launches occurred “between 11:49 a.m. and 12:19 p.m. Hawaii time Aug. 25.”

The two launches in July triggered an international crisis as President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un exchanged in volatile rhetoric.

On Aug. 8, Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” touching off a war of words between the two governments.

Kim said he would consider sending missiles into the waters off the coast of Guam in “mid-August.” Guam is a U.S. island territory that is home to two American military bases.

U.S. and South Korean forces began annual military exercises last week, an effort that Pyongyang claimed was a rehearsal for war.

Japan’s military has been practicing deploying anti-missile batteries at three U.S. bases in Japan. The U.S. military says the drills will test the ability of Japanese and U.S. forces to work together and assess firing locations at the bases. They will also allow Japan to practice rapid deployment of its PAC-3 anti-missile system.

North Korea has conducted a series of test launches to develop its missile capability and recently threatened to send missiles over western Japan and into waters near the U.S. territory of Guam.

North Korea had not launched any missiles since the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution imposing new sanctions against the rogue nation on Aug. 5. Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson trumpeted the lack of “missile launches or provocative acts” by the North since the resolution was passed.

“I am pleased to see that the regime in Pyongyang has certainly demonstrated some level of restraint that we’ve not seen in the past,” Tillerson said at the time.

On Wednesday, North Korea’s state media released photos that appeared to show concept designs of one or possibly two new missiles.

The diagrams were seen hanging on a wall behind leader Kim Jong Un while he visited a plant that makes solid-fuel engines for the country’s ballistic-missile program.

One of the photos clearly showed a diagram for a missile called “Pukguksong-3,” which appears to be the latest in its Pukguksong, or Polaris, series. The other was harder to discern, though it carried a “Hwasong,” or Mars, designation name.

North Korea successfully tested the submarine-launched Pukguksong-1 in August last year. It then followed up with a successful test of the land-based Pukguksong-2 in February this year. Both are believed to have intermediate ranges that could target Japan and the U.S. bases there but not the mainland United States.

Hwasong is what North Korea calls most of its missiles, including its only ICBM — the Hwasong-14, which it tested last month. That missile is believed capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, though it probably needs another year or more of fine-tuning before it could be a serious threat.

The missile was the 18th to be launched this year by North Korea. This is the third time North Korea has fired a missile over Japan. The last time was in 2009.

A missile was also fired over Japan in the 1990’s.

 This is a developing story- we will keep you informed.

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