North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Over Japan; S.Korea Military Raising Alert

North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan and landed in waters off the northern region of Hokkaido early on Tuesday, marking a sharp escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula according to Reuters. The missile test, which experts said was an intermediate-range Hwasong 12 missile, came as U.S. and South Korean forces conduct an annual military drill, against which North Korea strenuously objects.

South Korea’s military said the missile was launched from the Sunan region near Pyongyang at 5:57 a.m. local time and flew 2,700 km (1,680 miles), reaching an altitude of about 550 km (340 miles). Japanese's NHK broadcaster reported the missile broke into three pieces and fell into waters off Hokkaido.

According to North Korea's Mun-hwan, the launch of the mid-range ballistic missile (IRBM) is intended to show that an attack on Guam is possible at any time (see map below), Yonhap reported.

Where the North Korean missile landed vs where Guam: Yonhap

North Korea’s reckless action is an unprecedented, serious and grave threat to our nation,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters. Abe said Japan was seeking an urgent meeting at the United Nations to strengthen measures against Pyongyang as the test was a clear violation of UN resolutions and the government had protested against the move in the strongest terms.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the latest North Korean missile fell into the sea 1,180 km (735 miles) east of the Cape of Erimo on Hokkaido. He said that the Japanese military did not attempt to shoot down the missile, which passed over Japanese territory around 6:07 a.m. local time (2107 GMT).

"We are still in the process of assessing this launch. North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America," Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning said in a statement.

The last time North Korea fired what it said was a rocket carrying a communications satellite into orbit over Japan in 2009, however the US and other nations at the time said the launch was a ballistic missile test.

Shortly after the launch, The Japanese government’s J-Alert system broke into radio and TV programming, warning citizens of the possible missile and urging them to take refuge in solid buildings or underground shelters. Bullet train services were temporarily halted and warnings went out over loudspeakers in towns in Hokkaido.

Global markets reacted to the escalation in tensions, buying safe-haven assets such as gold, the Swiss franc and the Japanese yen, and selling stocks.

South Korea's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae immediately convened a National Security Council (NSC) session to discuss the issue according to Yonhap. Chung Eui-yong, head of the National Security Office and top security adviser to President Moon Jae-in, chaired the emergency meeting, according to Cheong Wa Dae. 

As Yonhap notes, "the North's provocation is another slap in the face to Moon and U.S. President Donald Trump as they have sought to resume dialogue, and could bring tensions on the peninsula to a new high."

Last weekend, the North launched three projectiles that the allies determined were short-range ballistic missiles. The latest missile launches marked an end to a monthlong hiatus in the Kim Jong-un regime's provocations, which U.S. officials described as "restraint."

Trump said last week the North's leader "is starting to respect us" although that appears now not to have been the case.

On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also said despite the North's firing of three short range missiles, "We're going to continue our peaceful pressure campaign, as I have described it, working with allies and working with China as well to see if we can bring the regime in Pyongyang to the negotiating table with a view to begin a dialogue on a different future for the Korean Peninsula and for North Korea."

Meanwhile, the South Korean and U.S. militaries are presently carrying out their annual combined drills on the peninsula.

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Update: Japan PM Abe, speaking to reporters in Tokyo after the launch, said North Korea appears to have fired a missile that flew over Japan. According to subsequent reports as many as three separate ballistic missiles may have been launched.

"It seems that DPRK missile passed over our airspace," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said adding that the government was urgently collecting intelligence on the incident and doing everything to ensure the safety of its citizens.

Abe's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga adds that the missile flying over Japan is a "new, serious development" and called it an "unprecedented, grave threat."


NHK, Japan's national public broadcasting organization, reported the Japanese government issued a warning to people living in northern prefectures to take cover near strong structures after reports of the launch. It also added that multiple missiles were fired by North Korea. Finally, NHK notes that the missile appears to have broken up into 3 parts.

Source: CNN

Citing government sources, NHK reports that the missile likely landed off eastern coast of Hokkaido.

The North Korea missile reportedly passed over Hokkaido around 6:06am JST.

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Three days after North Korea launched three short-range ballisitic missiles, a move which as we discussed last night was met virtually without any response by the US administration and which we said would embolden North Korea to proceed with further provocations, Kim Jong Un has done just that and moments ago Yonhap reported that North Korea has fired another missile.


Yonhap also adds that the projectile was fired into the East Sea.

According to Japan's NHK, the Japanese government warns that the North Korea missile is headed toward Northern Japan:


Shortly after the launch, the Japanese government urged citizens to take refuge in solid buildings or underground shelters.

Source: @RussianMarket

The North Korea missile passed over Hokkaido around 6:06am JST, according to NHK, while the South Korean military confirms North Korean ballistic missile flew over Japan.

The USDJPY is tumbling on the news...

The S&P is lower, and Gold higher...

And VIX is surging:

... Although the latest update from NHK is that contrary to initial reports, the missile has passed over Japan, reportedly over Hokkaido:


NHK also adds that Japan did not attempt to shoot down the missile:


Unconfirmed reports state that the launch was from a submarine:

If the Japanese report is accurate, and a N.Korean missile indeed flew over Japan, it will be seen as a substantial escalation in hostilities and will most likely merit a response.


Manthong earleflorida Mon, 08/28/2017 - 18:50 Permalink

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  I know how to stop that silly shit. Take a handful of cruisers and park them in the Sea of Japan about 250 miles east off the coast of North Korea. Then start testing missiles by lobbing them straight west directly over Pyongyang to land in the Yellow Sea. It's only about a 500 mile trip. After one an hour for a few days, the Young-Un might get tired of the game.

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earleflorida yogibear Mon, 08/28/2017 - 20:39 Permalink

tit for china isn't another 'paper tiger',but rather a young adult 'Dragon'...and yes i've notice the correlatons regarding 'hot spots' gepoliticallyPs. if you have the tyme, read :   'Revenge of Geography' by Robert Kaplan (fantastic read coverng "Kennan's Containment' (FDR/Truman), and the great one[!], by Sir Halford John Mackinder: 'The Heartland Theory' 1904 (note date: Nicholas II/ last Tsarist Romanov Russia--- the Russo Jap War 1904-05 where Russia lost Korea to Japan, and the pre-emptve beginnings of the Russian Civil War) 

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earleflorida MK13 Mon, 08/28/2017 - 21:03 Permalink

the ussa (south korea was in the plans of americas pacific rim as was japan and formosa (taiwan)} has been in south (the puppet leaders in SK were so bad that there was almost a rebellion/// there is still a believable theory that the South wanted to hook back-up with its nothern sister but a 'False Flag?' of sorts ignited the Civil War --- neither China nor Russia v. USSA would allow it-- just to much prime real estate) korea forever since the end of ww2 when NK was Russia's via Stalin/ Fdr Agreement until their [NK] independence with ussr's blessing--- but,... china's mao in 1949 was now the new gov't with chiang kai-shek escaping barely with his life having sent all the gold ahead of himself, isolating himself in formosa after raping chinas gold and treasury.   (Ref: potsdam conference spoils divided-up)Note: Chiang kai-Shek was still representing China' Gov't as an allie? up until 1949mao hated kai-shek so much but the ussa became their protectorate during kai-sheks 20+/+ years of marshall law paying the ussa in the gold he stole from chinas' mainland for protection. america got alot of gold,... tons if i'm not mistakenat the tyme formosa had moar gold than any nation in Asia (moar than india which the british took anyway when they left)

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Dsyno earleflorida Wed, 08/30/2017 - 10:56 Permalink

"but china has told kim explicitly, if he starts a war he's on his own... whereas, if he[kim] is defending himself from an aggressor... china is their for kim 1010%"China never said that. You got that from a ZH article that quoted a  news outlet that said "China should say that".Actual quote from the article you read: "China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten U.S. soil first and the U.S. retaliates, China will stay neutral," the Global Times, which is widely read but does not represent government policy, said in an editorial.…

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trulz4lulz Manthong Tue, 08/29/2017 - 00:55 Permalink

Lets think this through. America finances the Western Ukraine Junta. Ukraine arms North Korea with rocket technologies. America places, "America Univeraity", an alleged walled deep state compound, inside of North Korea. American politicians sold nuke technologies to North Korea in the 1990's. Ukrainian Nationals run said nuke plant in korea and operate missile tech as well, allegedly. Noeth Korea shoots missiles over Japan, no interception. Kim went to boarding school in Sweden. There is a deception in North Korea, very deep deception.  Cant quite put my finger on it, but its there. No doubt.

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Post-Truth Society skbull44 Mon, 08/28/2017 - 18:03 Permalink

Trump is a Muslim scumbag.Earlier MSM news reports cut off his condemnation of the Christians in Texas.  Even ZH is too afraid to report it.  Pussies.Now NK knows Trump is a Muzzie scum, and is not afraid.  End times will be upon us soon.  Trump is preparing his alliance with Saudis and Israel for final battle.God's wrath is coming; storm in Texas is only the beginning. 

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Giant Meteor Post-Truth Society Mon, 08/28/2017 - 18:44 Permalink

Holy shit! Settle down you eager beaver!Report. report. report !Tell us more, more, more ... !Ok, deep breath. calm down ..What did you see and hear?Was there a flash? A bright light? Human beans vaporizing into little bitty pieces?By the way friend, the end times been upon us, since those words were first spoken, recorded in the first book of end times. The end times are here and now, and have never left us. Don't believe me? Why I've got a few close friends and relations that have experienced the end times already. They're dead!The end!This is the end, my only friend, the end, the end ..All this zealotry, and blaspheming, so little time .. 

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earleflorida Post-Truth Society Mon, 08/28/2017 - 19:19 Permalink

the zionist cabal gets potus elected. period!!!clinton forget about it--- gets ratted out by lewinSKY--- Rothshild's sleep in lincoln bdrm on first day of honeymoon#43 bush = wolfowitz/ perleobama = total adm.trump = cohn/ kushner & wifey/  muchinno one gets in without the jewish zionist money and the poor jews who vote in blocks-- what the regular jews are always threatened with is aushwich/holocaust revisted nightmare in realtyme during ( 'every decent respectable jewish person of faith who wants to move on`CAN'T') election cycle.crazy fuckin zionist!

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Blankone skbull44 Mon, 08/28/2017 - 18:39 Permalink

They know exactly where the missile came from and the flight path it took. South Korea is loaded up with all sorts of radar and early detection systems. So are those US bases in Japan.

Was there a missile? Did it fly that direction but then ditch before reaching Japan's territorial waters? Did it fly into territorial waters and ditch well before going over land?

They know.

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popeye sickavme (not verified) Mon, 08/28/2017 - 18:20 Permalink

Check out a map. Aim east or south east and the trajectory takes it over heavily industrialised and populated areas of Japan. Further south with that range and its heading towards Taiwan, Okinawa or the Philippines. You reckon a shot towards Okinawa would be a good idea?So, DPRK want to test a weapon, and fire it in the direction least likely to trigger a violent reaction (over agricultural and thinly populated Hokkaido).Why continue testing? Tillerson said DPRK need to be forced to the negotiation table, even though thats a table the US refuses to sit at. China & Russia recommend DPRK cease missile tests and South Korea and US cease military exercises that DPRK perceive as a thinly veiled threat.Well, the US and SK ignored that recommendation and insisted on holding a military exercise including 70k+ military personnel (cf the Russian Zapad drill of around 15k military personnel + 85k civil authorities thats got NATOs knickers all twisted up). So what do you expect DPRK to do? Continue testing of course.No-one in this game wants to show weakness or be the first to step down - thats the dangerous part. Schoolyard diplomacy.

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popeye BrownCoat Mon, 08/28/2017 - 21:59 Permalink

Can't see that changing anything. I'm sure all the DPRK leadership are reading the same tea leaves, have the same perception of how things are. If anything, it could be worse, if certain nations erroneously thoughsuch an event an opportunity to be more belligerent - could backfire in a bad way.I don't really trust people who regard diplomacy as synonymous with threats of violence (regardless of their flag) to make good decisions.

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