By
Robert Ayers
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September 26, 2022
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11:47 pm

North Korea fires missile into sea of Japan as U.S. aircraft carrier enters the region

Fox News reports that North Korea just fired a missile into the Sea of Japan just after a United States aircraft carrier arrived in the region.

The missile fire also comes just before Vice President Kamala Harris's trip to the region.

More information about the missile was provided by South Korea's military. Reuters reports:

South Korea's military said it was a single, short-range ballistic missile fired from near the Taechon area of North Pyongyan Province just before 7 a.m. local time and flew about 600 km (373 miles) at an altitude of 60 km and a speed of Mach 5.

Reuters obtained still more information from Japan. The outlet reports:

Japan's Defence Minister Yasukazu Hamada said Japan estimated the missile reached maximum altitude at 50 km and may have flown on an irregular trajectory. Hamada said it fell outside Japan's exclusive economic zone and there were no reports of problems with shipping or air traffic.

The missile fire took place just as the USS Ronald Reagan arrived in the region for joint drills with the South Korean military.

The United States and South Korea have both discussed the missile fire and put out statements regarding the incident.

South Korea said, "North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile is an act of grave provocation that threatens the peace and security of the Korean peninsula and international community."

The United States similarly stated:

While we have assessed that this event does not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel or territory, or to our allies, the missile launch highlights the destabilizing impact of the DPRK’s unlawful WMD and ballistic missile programs. The U.S. commitments to the defense of the Republic of Korea and Japan remain ironclad.

Vice President Harris is scheduled to visit the region next week to discuss the security of Taiwan. The vice president is scheduled to make stops in both Japan and South Korea.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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