Serious North-Korean risk: one of its missiles threatens Japan and the United States
Pyongyang, North Korea - The rocket travelled 3700 km, flying over the Japanese island of Hokkaido and falling into the Pacific
On Friday morning at 6:57 am (local time) North Korea launched another missile. The rocket probably a medium-range ballistic missile departed from the Sunan base -next to the airport of the North-Korean capital Pyongyang- reaching an altitude of about 770 km and travelling for about 3700 km to the east, flying over Japan and falling in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. The launch gave strength and substance to the threats that the North-Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his government made against the United States and Japan. To "sink" Japanese islands with an atomic bomb, burning "into ashes" the USA: this was the tone of the statements from Pyongyang after that tougher sanctions were approved by the United Nations on September 11, eight days after that the Asian Country had made a new nuclear test (see AVIONEWS 1). The usefulness of the measures that were decided by UN -that stopped commercial trades with North Korea almost completely but that would have not stopped oil supplies- were called into question by the Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had warned of a possible escalation of the crisis. What happened caused the immediate reaction of South Korea and Japan. The South-Korean President Moon Jae-in according to what local press reported would have said that his Country is able to destroy North Korea with its armaments. The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said instead that his Country will no longer tolerate the behaviour of Pyongyang. At the passage of the missile that flew over the Japanese island of Hokkaido the sound of alarms warned the population of fourteen provinces. About the United States, military authorities -according to whom it would have been a medium-range ballistic missile- would have excluded that the launch was a real danger, but many commenters believe that the missile range -larger than that of the August 29 launch (see AVIONEWS 2)- shows the opposite and that the American island of Guam -that more than once was threated by Kim Jong-un- could be really reached. China condemned the accident and said that a further rise in tension must be avoided. The United Nations Security Council will have an emergency meeting in camera on Friday evening.
World Aeronautical Press Agency