North Korea says it was practicing to hit U.S. military bases in Japan with missiles
- North Korea was practicing to strike United States military bases in Japan with its latest barrage of missiles, state media in Pyongyang reported Tuesday, and it appears to be trying to outsmart a new American antimissile battery being deployed to South Korea by firing multiple rockets at once.
Kim Jong Un presided over Monday's launch of the four missiles, "feasting his eyes on the trails of ballistic rockets," the Korean Central News Agency reported in a statement that analysts called a "brazen declaration" of the country's intent to strike enemies with a nuclear weapon if it came under attack.
The four ballistic missiles fired Monday morning were launched by the elite Hwasong ballistic missile division "tasked to strike the bases of the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces in Japan," KCNA said. The United States has numerous military bases and about 54,000 military personnel stationed in Japan, the legacy of its postwar security alliance with the country.
Three of the four missiles flew about 600 miles over North Korea and landed in the sea, within Japan's exclusive economic zone off the Oga Peninsula in Akita prefecture, home to a Japanese self-defense forces base. The fourth fell just outside the zone.(Excerpt) Read more at: washingtonpost.com ...
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