Press Releases

North Korea's Missile Launch

July 19, 2016
Ministry of Defense

The original text is in Japanese.

1. Today, it is estimated that North Korea launched two ballistic missiles in a northeasterly direction from proximity of Hwangju on the west coast of North Korea at approximately 5:44 a.m. and 6:36 a.m., respectively. It is presumed that the missiles traveled approximately 400 kilometers and 500 kilometers, respectively, and fell into the Sea of Japan. The Ministry of Defense (MOD) is currently analyzing the details.

2. Following the launch, the Minister of Defense gave an instruction to keep taking all possible measures for intelligence gathering and analysis, and surveillance. The MOD is doing its best to deal with the situation, including convening a senior official’s meeting chaired by the Minister.

3. The MOD/Self-Defense Forces will keep making utmost efforts as well as conducting intelligence gathering and analysis, and surveillance based on the Minister’s instruction. The MOD will immediately release any further information when obtaining information that should be additionally released.