North Korea fires a ballistic missile over Japan

North Korea fires a ballistic missile over Japan

On October 4, North Korea fired a ballistic missile without warning over Japan for the first time in 5 years.

The launch of the ballistic missile (IRBM) took place from North Korea's northern Jagang province at around 7:23 am local time.

The missile is believed to have landed in the Pacific Ocean.

The North Korean launch put the US military bases in Guam within reach.

Condemning the launch, NSA Jake Sullivan called his Japanese and South Korean counterparts to coordinate a response.

According to reports, television alerts warned residents in Tokyo and across northern Japan's Hokkaido and Aomori to take cover.

This marks North Korea’s 23rd missile launch this year.

As of 2021, North Korea has the second largest military organization in the world, with a massive $2 billion defense budget.