North Korea Launches Missiles Without Warning Over Japan

Without warning this morning, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan for the first time in 5 years. North Korea has been conducting weapons tests recently and this launch was the country’s 23rd missile test this year. It was launched from near North Korea’s central border with China. It flew nearly 2,858 miles for 20 minutes at an estimated altitude of 621 miles over the Tohoku region on the main island of Honshu before it fell into the Pacific Ocean, nearly 1,864 miles from the shore of the country. It triggered a rare J-Alert which is a system designed to inform citizens of any threats or emergencies. In response, military drills between the United States and its regional allies took place.