Ballistic Missile Defense(BMD)

The Launch of a Flying Object by North Korea on April 5, 2009

(Provisional Translation)

April 5, 2009

Announcement by Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada on the launch of a flying object by North Korea

1. Regarding the flying object launched by North Korea, the following has been identified at the moment:

(1) At about 11:30 a.m. (JST) on April 5, a flying object was launched toward the direction of east from North Korea. The flying object is presumed to have flown over the Tohoku district to the Pacific Ocean.

(2) An object detached from the flying object is presumed to have fallen in the Sea of Japan, about 280 km off the west coast of Akita at about 11:37 a.m.

(3) The MOD/SDF’s tracking of the flying object ended at about 2100 km off the east coast of Japan in the Pacific Ocean at about 11:48 a.m.

2. The Ministry of Defense held an emergency high-ranking personnel meeting to grasp the situation at about 11:34 a.m., immediately after the flying object was launched by North Korea and another high-ranking personnel meeting a short while ago. Although the SDF did not execute the measures to destroy ballistic missiles or other objects stipulated under Article 82-2, Paragraph 3 of the SDF Law, the SDF has been continuing surveillance activities by its vessels and aircraft. I, as the Defense Minister, ordered the SDF to continue their utmost efforts for gathering and analyzing information and surveillance activities.

3. It is regrettable that North Korea launched the flying object despite repeated requests for its self-restraint by the international community including our country. I think that the Japanese government as a whole will take a resolute attitude towards North Korea in close coordination with other countries concerned.