Tensions between the United States and North Korea have risen to an all time high, and it seems that Kim Jong Un is intent on starting World War III after he just launched an unidentified flying object off the coast.
The projectile, which South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff have been unable to identify, was launched into the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan just recently. It is still uncertain what type of missile it is, as the South Korean and US military are still analyzing the data.
Express UK reports:
South Korean military initally reported it as an unidentified projectile and said it travelled around 155miles (250km).
Japan officials believe it may have been a ballistic missile amid World War 3 fears.
Kim Jong-un’s latest show of strength was immediately reported to South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
The South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the “unidentified projectile” was fired from a site in North Korea‘s eastern province of Gangwon.
Reuters also adds the following:
The South Korean Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles flew in a northeasterly direction for about 250 kilometers (155 miles) into the sea.
Earlier, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said a ballistic missile may have been fired, without citing a source.
The launch is the first by the North since it test-fired a missile on July 28 that could have been designed to reach 10,000 km, putting parts of the U.S. mainland within reach.
This comes right as Donald Trump has been orchestrating the joint military drills conducted by US military and South Korean officials. While it could certainly be an attempt at striking our military, it’s more likely a show of force.
Please stay tuned for breaking updates—this story just broke 20 minutes ago and will be updated as new information comes to light.
UPDATE – 7:58 PM Eastern Daylight Time
It has been confirmed that North Korea launched three missiles into the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan just recently. The first and third missiles failed in flight, while the second appears to have blown up almost instantly.
According to the US Pacific Command, the first missile failed at 11:07 PM (BST) and the third failed at 11:10 PM (BST). The second, which blew up almost immediately, was launched at roughly 11:07 PM (BST)
All three missiles are believed to have been short-range, although this is unclear. “We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment and we will provide a public update if warranted,” Commander Dave Benham of the U.S. Pacific Command said.