Press Releases

Press Release: North Korea's Missile Launch

September 15, 2017
Ministry of Defense

The original text is in Japanese.

1. Today, it seems that North Korea launched a ballistic missile in the east-northeasterly direction from the proximity of Sunan on the west coast of North Korea at approximately 6:57 a.m. (JST). Although the Ministry of Defense (MOD) is currently analyzing the details, it is presumed that the launched missile flew over the Oshima Peninsula and Cape Erimo of Hokkaido Prefecture toward Pacific Ocean, traveled from around 7:04 a.m. to 7:06 a.m., and fell outside of Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in Pacific Ocean, which is approx. 2,200 kilometers east of the Cape Erimo at around 7:16 a.m. Also, its flight distance and maximum altitude are presumed approx. 3,700 kilometers and approx. 800 kilometers respectively.

2. Following the launch, Minister of Defense Onodera gave an instruction to keep taking all possible measures for thorough determination of whether or not there are any damages on Japan's territory and its surrounding waters, information gathering and analysis in cooperation with the United States and so on, and continued surveillance to be prepared for any unexpected situation. The MOD is making its utmost efforts to deal with the situation, including the Minister of Defense convening senior officials' meetings at MOD and participating in the National Security Council (the four ministers' meeting) in order to gather information and hold consultations.

3. The MOD/Self-Defense Forces will continue utmost efforts conducting information 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.