North Korea Launches Missile Over Japan

Sep 15, 2017

Shortly after testing a nuclear weapon underground early last week, North Korea fired a missile over Japan. The missile flew 2,300 miles before falling into the Pacific Ocean. This is the second missile to be fired over Japan since late August. The governments of Japan and South Korea convened “emergency national security council meetings” to formulate a response. Japan issued emergency alerts and used its siren warning system. The government encouraged citizens to take cover. South Korea responded by “conducting a simulated strike of the North Korean launch site, an air base near Pyongyang.” Last week the UN Security Council issued a new round of sanctions on North Korea. Although President Trump applauded the new sanctions, he questioned “whether the ‘very small step’ would have ‘any impact’ on its nuclear program.”