North Korea Fires a Missile Over Japan: Reports

The Japanese government warned people in the area
August 28, 2017 Updated: August 28, 2017

North Korea fired a missile that passed over northern Japan early on Tuesday (local time), Aug. 29, the Japanese government said.

South Korea’s military said that the North fired a projectile from a region near Pyongyang, the Yonhap News Agency reported

The Japanese government’s J-Alert warning system advised people in the area to take precautions, but public broadcaster NHK said there was no sign of damage, according to Reuters.

The Japanese military did not attempt to shoot down the missile, which passed over Japanese territory around 6:06 a.m. local time (2106 GMT; 5:06 p.m. ET; 2:06 p.m. PT on Aug. 28).

Japanese authorities warned its citizens in the north to take precautions, The Telegraph reported. “We will make utmost efforts to firmly protect the lives of the people,”  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters on Monday.

Japanese state media reported that the missile broke into three pieces off the coast of Hokkaido, according to The Independent.

North Korea’s communist regime hasn’t yet commented on the incident.

In 1998, North Korea fired a missile over Japan, but it didn’t come at a time of heightened military tensions in the region.

In this handout photo released by the South Korean Defense Ministry, U.S. Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) firing a missile into the East Sea during a South Korea-U.S. joint missile drill aimed to counter North Korea's ICBM test on July 29, 2017 in East Coast, South Korea.  (South Korean Defense Ministry via Getty Images)
In this handout photo released by the South Korean Defense Ministry, the U.S. Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) fires a missile into the East Sea during a South Korea-U.S. joint missile drill aimed to counter North Korea’s ICBM test on July 29, 2017, in East Coast, South Korea. (South Korean Defense Ministry via Getty Images)

It comes after the regime fired three short-range missiles on Saturday, according to the U.S. military. Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said that the missiles fired Saturday flew about 150 miles.

The Pentagon is now investigating, Fox News reported.

 

Ballistic missiles are displayed in a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea on April 16.  (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Ballistic missiles on military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea on April 16, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump warned North Korea, saying it would be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” should it keep up the threats.

It came after the isolated, communist country made a threat to shoot a missile at Guam, a United States territory with a significant military presence.

Later, the regime appeared to back off shooting a missile at Guam, and tensions had eased between North Korea and the United States after weeks of threats.

In this handout photo released by the South Korean Defense Ministry, U.S. Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) firing a missile into the East Sea during a South Korea-U.S. joint missile drill aimed to counter North Korea¡¯s ICBM test on July 29, 2017 in East Coast, South Korea.  (Photo by South Korean Defense Ministry via Getty Images)
In this handout photo released by the South Korean Defense Ministry, the U.S. Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) fires a missile into the East Sea during a South Korea-U.S. joint missile drill aimed to counter North Korea¡¯s ICBM test on July 29, 2017, in East Coast, South Korea. (South Korean Defense Ministry via Getty Images)

Reuters contributed to this report.