Is it an attack or just a threat. North Korea fired a missile over northern Japan on Tuesday morning Korean time. Even though the missile crashed into the sea, but it flew over the Hokkaido island.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is learned had a 40-minute phone call with United States President Donald Trump and both the leaders agreed to call for an emergency meeting of the United Nations security council.
Earlier, North Korea threatened Washington to target the US Pacific territory of Guam. The latest action demonstrate the willingness of Kim Jong-un to raise the diplomatic stakes.
In 2017 the North Korea had tested more powerful intercontinental ballistic missiles, but the missile launched over Japan was a much flatter trajectory.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump said Washington is fully with Japan and again repeats the strong commitment to the island country’s defence.
Briefing to the media after the phone call in Japanese capital Tokyo the prime minister said, “The outrageous act of firing a missile over our country is an unprecedented, serious and grave threat and greatly damages regional peace and security.”
Abe also added that his government has protested to North Korea via the Japanese embassy in Beijing, China.
The first time a North Korean missile to fly over Japanese territory was in 1998 and the second in 2009. However, Pyongyan claimed those were satellites.
The missile was a new intermediate-range Hwasong-12. It landed about 1,180 km east of the north Japanese island in the Pacific.
Kim had earlier threatened to launch the same missile over Guam.