Tokyo asks its citizens to take refuge



The missile launched today by North Korea in his last weapons test flew over the north of the Japanese archipelago, as announced by the Japanese authorities, who activated the alert in that area before projectile trajectory. The missile was fired at around 7:23 local time on Tuesday (22:23 GMT on Monday) towards the sea ​​of ​​japanas reported by the South Korean Army, while the Japanese government said that it has fallen at an unspecified point in the sea, after activating the civil alert in the prefectures of Hokkaido and Aomori, the northernmost of the archipelago.

“North Korea today launched a missile to the east. This ballistic missile passed over the Tohoku region (northern Japan), and we believe it has landed in waters outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone at around 7:44 a.m. (22:44 GMT). Monday), said at a press conference the Japanese Executive SpokespersonHirokazu Matsuno. The spokesman also noted that there is no record of damage to aircraft or vessels due to the impact of the missile, according to EFE.

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) detailed, for its part, that it was presumably a “intermediate range ballistic missile” launched from the province of Jagang, located in the north of the neighboring country and bordering China, in a statement.

civil alert system

This is the first time that Japan has activated its civil alert system due to the trajectory of a missile from the September 15, 2017when another North Korean projectile flew over Hokkaido.

The new North Korean launch takes place after Tokyo, Washington and Seoul will take place last week joint maneuvers in the Sea of ​​Japan in order to counteract the North Korean weapons developments of SLBM (ballistic missiles that are fired from a submersible), in which the US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan participated.

North Korea has made other four rounds of missile launches since last September 25all of them with short-range ballistic projectiles, so today’s test would be the longest range of their last test series.

Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said at a press conference on Tuesday that it was an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) “or even of a higher range,” based on information collected by the authorities and their allies. “We consider that it is the missile that has traveled the longest distance to date”affirmed the Japanese minister, who confirmed that no damage has been detected in Japanese ships or aircraft in the area of ​​impact of the projectile, some 3,200 east of the Japanese archipelago.

The missile launched by North Korea to the east of the country flew over the north of the Japanese archipelago, which caused the activation of the civil alert system in the area, recommending that the population look for refugio against a possible impact.

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