North Korea fired an unidentified missile into the Sea of Japan, South Korean media said on Monday.
South Korea’s military said the missile was fired from Pyongyang and that it passed over Japan.
The Pentagon is investigating.
A senior U.S. official said that there had been some movement suggesting an intermediate missile was being prepped but there was no immediate confirmation about how far this missile flew.
The move came after North Korea fired three short-range missiles on Saturday — all deemed successful despite initial reports suggesting failure, according to the U.S. military.
Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles fired during the weekend from North Korea’s eastern coast flew about 155 miles.
U.S. and South Korean forces began annual military exercises last week, an effort that Pyongyang claimed was a rehearsal for war.
Japan’s military has been practicing deploying anti-missile batteries at three U.S. bases in Japan. The U.S. military says the drills will test the ability of Japanese and U.S. forces to work together and assess firing locations at the bases. They will also allow Japan to practice rapid deployment of its PAC-3 anti-missile system.
Earlier this month, President Donald Trump claimed that the North would be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if threats from the rogue regime continued.
North Korea has conducted a series of test launches to develop its missile capability and recently threatened to send missiles over western Japan and into waters near the U.S. territory of Guam.
(via: Fox News)