(BIVN) – North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Tuesday, the first such provocation since September of this year.
“As you probably have heard, and some of you have reported, a missile was launched a little while ago from North Korea,” said President Trump before a meeting with members of Congress. “I will only tell you that we will take care of it. We have General Mattis in the room with us, and we’ve had a long discussion on it. It is a situation that we will handle.”
Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Robert Manning was quoted in a Defense Department statement:
The ICBM was launched from Sain Ni, North Korea, north of Pyongyang, and traveled east about 1,000 kilometers — about 620 miles — before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, within Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone, an area that extends 200 nautical miles from its coast. “We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment of the launch,” Manning said.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America or U.S. territories and allies, the colonel said.
South Korea’s news agency reported that its army staged its own “precision strike” missile exercise in response.
The United States’ commitment to the defense of its allies, including South Korea and Japan, in the face of these threats, remains ironclad, Manning said. “We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack or provocation,” he said.
As it just so happened, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency was holding a press conference introducing new attack warning sirens to the public, as island residents began learning about the missile launch.
The new tone is intended to warn Hawaii residents of an impending nuclear missile attack, based on the current tensions between the United States and North Korea, including the threats from North Korea to target Hawaii.
Attending the press conference on Oahu were the county mayors. Representing Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim was managing director Wil Okabe.
Meetings are also being held by Hawaii County officials at locations around the Big Island. They are sharing the guidelines being recommended in case of a possible nuclear event. Civil Defense has requested the participation of all recognized Neighborhood Watch Groups.
Meetings were held in Hilo on Wednesday.
This article will be updated with video Tuesday evening.