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North Korea fires ballistic missile directly over Japan-1 Updated: 2017-08-29 20:01:12 KST

Staying with North Korea's latest missile launch.
It marks a significant escalation of Kim Jong-un's defiance of the leaders of U.S. and Japan.
For and in-depth analysis of the situation, we have our defense ministry correspondent Kim Hyun-bin with us in the studio.
Hyun-bin Trump said Kim was starting to respect Washington., but he's probably rethinking that assessment.

Daniel, North Korea fired what is believed to be an intermediate-range ballistic missile directly over the northern part of Japan Tuesday morning.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says the missile was fired from Sunan, near Pyongyang.
The JCS says the missile flew directly over Hokkaido and fell into the North Pacific Ocean.
The Pentagon has also confirmed the missile flew over Japan's territory,adding that it's still assessing the launch.
We know that the missile flew some 27-hundred kilometers, reaching an altitude of 550 kilometers but we are still waiting to find out what kind of missile it was.
But as expected, the launch has been widely condemned, with the JCS calling it a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions and a threat to world peace and stability.


"North Korea's ballistic missile launch is a challenge to Seoul and Washington, and we strongly denounce it. We are closely monitoring movements from the North, and we warn the regime to halt all its provocative acts."

South Korea's JCS warned that Seoul and Washington are fully ready to counter any additional provocations from the North and that it will sternly counter any threats.

We're still at the early stages of analysis of the launch.
While we can't pinpoint exactly what type it is what could we figure out based on the range and altitude.

That's right. The National Intelligence Service, the defense ministry will be looking at that question as we speak. But based on the data we have, an expert was able to draw this conclusion.
Have a listen.


"Looking at the range and altitude of the missile, it's an IRBM. North Korea has three types: Pukuksong-2, Musudan and Hwasong-12. Recently, North Korea attached a new 3-1-8 engine on the Hwasong-12 and tested it four times and used the same engine to test the Hwasong-14 twice. Looking at all this information, the regime likely launched a Hwasong -12 IRBM."

Rattling not just the allies, but also Tokyo this time.
A ballistic missile passing through Japan's airspace.
What is the underlying intention of the unpredictable regime?

Well, Daniel this is not the first time Pyongyang launched a ballistic missile directly over Japan. It's actually the second time. Most reports have the facts wrong. North Korea launched an missile known as the Daepodong missile that flew over Japan on August 31st, 1998, so it's actually the second time. However, the expert I spoke with says the recent launch has another meaning too.
Here's what he had to say.


"The latest missile shows that North Korea is capable of targeting Guam, making it an indirect threat to the U.S.. They didn't fire the missile due to the ongoing UFG joint military exercise. They are looking at the bigger picture and showing they are capable of targeting Guam."

The distance between Pyongyang and Guam is some three thousand kilometers.
At the height of the U.S.-North Korea tensions earlier this month, North Korea threatened to launch four Hwasong-12 intermediate ballistic missiles into waters near Guam to show it's capable of targeting U.S. military bases on the island.

Thanks Hyun-bin for the analysis of North Korea's recent missile launch.
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