A day after threating to sink Japan and destroy the US, North Korea launched another ballistic missile over Japan, which landed in the Pacific Ocean. Japanese citizens were instructed to take shelter.

North Korean missile launch, archive

North Korean missile launch, archive Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

North Korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile from Pyongyang to the east early Friday morning. According to Japan, the missile passed over the country before landing in the Pacific Ocean.

Japanese citizens were instructed to take shelter in what was called “an unprecedented threat” and “unbearable provocation”. In response, the South Korean military launched its own ballistic missile as part of a live fire drill that was said to be able to reach the launch site. South Korean President Moon Jae-in summoned an emergency security meeting.

Map of missile launch

Map of missile launch Photo credit: Channel 2 News

“Japan protests the recent missile launch,” stated the Japanese Defense Minister. “And will operate in a timely manner in the UN and elsewhere and in close cooperation with the US and South Korea.”

“The international community must send a clear message to North Korea,” stated Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and called for a strong enforcement of the latest sanctions. “North Korea must understand that if it continues down this path, it has no bright future ahead of it.”

As reported yesterday by JOL, North Korea threatened to sink the Japanese islands and to “reduce the US mainland into ashes and darkness.”