North Korea Has Fired an Unidentified Ballistic Missile: No J-Alert Issued

South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency has quoted the country’s military as saying that North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile early Wednesday morning (Japan Standard Time).

Yonhap says the missile was launched from South Pyongan Province in the western part of the country, and the military is gathering information about the launch. In August and September of this year, North Korea fired the intermediate-range Hwason-12 missile from the suburbs of Pyongan. Both missiles flew over Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido and fell into the Pacific Ocean.

The Japanese government issues a J-Alert warning if a missile falls into or passes over Japan’s territory or territorial waters, but a J-Alert has not been issued.

CBS News reports that the “missile flew eastward and the South Korean military is analyzing details with the U.S.”

From Reuters: “NHK in Japan, citing the defense ministry, reported that the missile may have landed in the water of Japan’s exclusive economic zone.”

From JapanToday: “Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning said the missile was launched from Sain Ni, North Korea, and traveled about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) before landing in the Sea of Japan within 370 nautical kilometers (200 nautical miles) of Japan’s coast. It flew for 53 minutes, Japan’s defense minister said.”

We will update this article as more information becomes available.

Sources: NHK and Nikkei 

Pictured in the map is the location of Pyongan Province, North Korea.