BREAKING NEWS: North Korea fired a missile that may have landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.
North Korea fired a projectile that appeared to be a missile shortly before midnight Japan Standard Time (JST) on Friday, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK said, citing government officials. Abe is convening an emergency meeting of officials, Reuters reported.
The Pentagon says it has detected what it assesses was a ballistic missile launch from North Korea.
Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga is expected to brief media shortly.
This story is developing.
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MORE ABOUT KIM JONG-UN
Kim Jong-un (born 8 January 1982–84 or 5 July 1984) is the Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), commonly referred to as North Korea. Kim is the second child of Kim Jong-il (1941–2011) and his consort Ko Yong-hui.Little is known for certain about Kim Jong-un. Before taking power, he had barely been seen in public, and many of the activities of both Kim and his government remain shrouded in secrecy.Even details such as what year he was born, and whether he did indeed attend a Western school under a pseudonym, are difficult to confirm with certainty.
Kim was officially declared the supreme leader following the state funeral of his father on 28 December 2011. Kim holds the titles of Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission, Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army, and presidium member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea.Kim was promoted to the rank of Marshal of North Korea in the Korean People’s Army on 18 July 2012, consolidating his position as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and is often referred to as Marshal Kim Jong-un or “the Marshal” by state media.Kim obtained two degrees, one in physics at Kim Il-sung University, and another as an Army officer at the Kim Il-sung Military University.
On 12 December 2013 official North Korean news outlets released reports that due to alleged “treachery,” he had ordered the execution of his uncle Jang Song-thaek. On 9 March 2014, Kim Jong-un was elected unopposed to the Supreme People’s Assembly. He is the first North Korean leader born after the country’s founding. Kim Jong-un is widely believed to have ordered the assassination of his brother, Kim Jong-nam in Malaysia in February 2017.
In December 2015, in a release from the official Korean Central News Agency, Kim announced that his country had developed a hydrogen bomb. Kim’s claim is considered unlikely. Kim stated that his family “turned the DPRK into a powerful nuclear weapons state ready to detonate a self-reliant A-bomb and H-bomb to reliably defend its sovereignty and the dignity of the nation”.
As of 2016, the United Nations has enacted five cumulative rounds of sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear program and missile tests.
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