North Korea launch seen as a clear escalation of tensions.
Japan and South Korea have both confirmed that a North Korean missile flew over Japan. The missile landed in the Pacific ocean near Hokkaido.
The missile is said to have been launched from the Sunan region, which is close to North Korea’s capital of Pyongyang. It reportedly flew 2,700 km.
In a press briefing, Yoshihide Suga – Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary – said “It is an unprecedented, serious and grave threat to our nation.”
Japan says North Korea’s missile launch is a violation of United Nations resolutions, and they will enlist the United States, South Korea, and other allies in determining what happens next.
Sanctions achieving nothing so far
North Korea’s latest missile launch is further evidence that the approach of doing nothing more than repeated sanctions on North Korea continues to fail. For decades, various U.S. presidents have said a nuclear North Korea is unacceptable, yet North Korea has steadily moved closer and closer to being capable of putting a nuke in an ICBM that can reach most of the world, and they long ago became a limited nuclear power.
As a result, it appears the U.S. will soon have to definitely decide what they are more willing to accept – a North Korea with the ability to hit North America and most of the world with nuclear weapons, or a war that would result in tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands), of deaths.
Video: Report on North Korea missile launch