People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un said on
August 30 that the previous day's ballistic missile test comprised
"the first step of the military operation of the [Korean
People's Army] in the Pacific and a meaningful prelude to containing
Guam," North Korean state media reports.
was reportedly onsite for the Hwasong-12 missile launch
on Tuesday. The Hwasong-12 is reportedly the projectile Kim has
in mind for his threatened multi-salvo attack on Guam,
a US territory approximately 3,430 kilometers southeast of the
test-launched missile flew over parts of Japan
before dropping into the ocean about 733 miles east
of the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
Korea's state-run news agency KCNA has confirmed that the projectile
was a Hwasong-12 missile, corroborating reports from the
Japanese Defense Ministry.
also says the missile launch was done to counter the joint
US-South Korean military drills launched a week ago, which this
a 'nuclear war game.'
Tokyo conducted its first Patriot Advanced Capability-3
intercept defense system
on Tuesday in coordination with US forces at the
US Air Force post at Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo and
at the US Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan's
the latest launch, US President Donald Trump declared that "all
options are on the table"
regarding what South Korea, Japan and US forces might do
White House said Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke
about the situation and concurred that the DPRK "poses a
grave and growing direct threat" to the US and its allies
South Korea and Japan.
Korea has test-launched dozens of ballistic missiles since Kim
Jong-un took power, and conducted two nuclear tests in 2016.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that some Japanese and US
intelligence analysts believe Pyongyang may
already be able to attach a nuclear payload to a
In the early hours of Tuesday, North Korea conducted their second missile test in four days and one of their most daring yet: a ballistic missile sailed over Japan and landed in the sea on the east side of the archipelago. Japan and South Korea have reacted by flexing their military muscles and tightening ties with the United States.