Japan Braces for Possible North Korea Missile Launch

Kim Jong Un observes missile launch / KCNA

Kim Jong Un observes missile launch / KCNA


Reports that North Korea may be preparing to launch a ballistic missile have prompted Japan to alert its military.

Reuters, citing sources with knowledge of the order, reported that Japan was bracing for a possible launch after activity at a North Korean missile site indicated that the country may be readying for a test launch.

“Increased activity at North Korea’s missile site suggests that there may be a launch in the next few weeks,” one of the sources said.

The new information followed a report earlier Thursday from Japan’s Kyodo news agency that said North Korea may be readying to launch a long-range missile based on satellite imagery of its Tongchang-ri missile test site, according to a Japanese government official.

Japan’s defense minister has reportedly instructed the country’s Aegis destroyers operating in the Sea of Japan to be prepared to target projectiles from North Korea heading toward Japan.

Earlier this month, North Korea claimed to have successfully conducted a hydrogen bomb test, its fourth nuclear test. North Korea has pressed forward with its nuclear program despite U.N. sanctions.

Morgan Chalfant   Email Morgan | Full Bio | RSS
Morgan Chalfant is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Morgan worked as a staff writer at Red Alert Politics. She also served as the year-long Collegiate Network fellow on the editorial page at USA TODAY from 2013-14. Morgan graduated from Boston College in 2013 with a B.A. in English and Mathematics. Her Twitter handle is @mchalfant16.

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