South Korean and Japanese officials have said North Korea fired a missile on Sunday (Monday morning in North Korea) that landed in Japan’s maritime economic zone, according to a report by the Associated Press.
Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said Japan believes the projectile launched by North Korea is a ballistic missile. Suga also said there is no evidence the missile caused any damage to Japanese planes or boats in the area.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff claimed the missile was launched near the town of Wonsan, which is located on the eastern shore of North Korea. The Associated Press reports the missile is believed to have traveled about 280 miles.
Fox News reported the U.S. military acknowledged North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile from a location near Wonsan that landed in the Sea of Japan.
North Korea’s state-controlled media outlet, KCNA, has yet to comment on the incident.
Earlier on Sunday Fox News and other media outlets reported North Korea had test-fired a new anti-aircraft system. KCNA reported North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un said in reaction to the test the system will “completely spoil the enemy’s dream to command the air.”
Sky News reported Kim said the system will stop attackers from "boasting of air supremacy and weapon almighty.”
On Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, the head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, said it is “inevitable” North Korea will eventually have the capacity to strike the United States with nuclear missile.
“If left on its current trajectory, the regime will ultimately succeed in fielding a nuclear-armed missile capable of threatening the United States homeland,” Stewart told a Senate committee.
Dan Coates, the director of national intelligence, said at the same hearing, “North Korea is an increasingly grave national security threat to the United States because of its growing missile and nuclear capabilities, combined with the aggressive approach of its leader Kim Jong Un.”