North Korea said on Wednesday it had fired a missile into Japan the day before, the first time it recognized it.
The launch was a major escalation of Pyongyang in the face of tensions over its weapons programs, which threatened to send a missile salvo to the US territory of Guam and prompted President Donald Trump to prevent “fire and fury.”
Shortly before North Korea’s statement, Trump said that “all options” were on the table, reviving his implicit threat of US military action a few days after congratulating Kim Jong-a of North Korea appeared “begin to respect it” in case of missile firing.
The launch of the Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile was overseen by leader Kim Jong-Un, the Korean central news agency reported.
“Crossed the sky over the Hokkaido Oshima peninsula and Cape Erimo of Japan along the predefined flight path and precisely hit the targeted waters in the North Pacific,” he said. saying.
The South Korean military said on Tuesday it had traveled some 2,700 kilometers (1,700 miles) and had reached a maximum altitude of 550 kilometers.
North Korea sent rockets twice earlier on the main islands of Japan in 1998 and 2009, but in both cases they were launch vehicles.
“The drilling had no impact on the safety of neighboring countries,” KCNA said, adding that Kim expressed “great satisfaction” at the launch.
There would be “more ballistic masses that are launching exercises with the Pacific as a goal in the future,” he said.
The launch, he added, was scheduled to mark the 107th anniversary of the “shameful” Japan-Korea treaty of 1910, under which Tokyo colonized the Korean Peninsula.
It inaugurated an oppressive electoral period that ended only with Japan’s defeat in World War II and is felt by Koreans on both sides of the divided peninsula, complicating relations between Tokyo and Seoul, the two American allies threatened by Pyongyang.
With the launch, KCNA said, Kim “has given his Korean breath” desire with “a daring plan to make insensitive Japanese insular on August 29.”
Tuesday’s missile stolen caused consternation in the world capitals and on the ground, with sirens and text messages sent to Japan to warn people to cover themselves.
“Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the isolation of the North Korean regime in the region and among all nations of the world,” Trump said in a White House statement. “All the options are on the table.”
At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in New York, which has already imposed seven rounds of sanctions on Pyongyang in its weapons programs, warned Washington ambassador Nikki Haley that “enough was enough” and that action was needed difficult.
“This is unacceptable,” Haley said. “They have violated any UN Security Council resolution that we have, and I think something serious should happen.” New sanctions could be discussed against North Korea, he said.
Last month, the North held its first two successful trials of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which has taken much of the American continent within reach, but the Pentagon said Tuesday’s launch was tried do not pose a threat.