North Korea has fired an unidentified ballistic missile, reported Fox News. The report came from South Korea's media said, who cited military officials.
"The missile flew eastward and the South Korean military is analyzing details with the U.S.," Yonhap News Agency reported.
South Korea military officials told NBC News that they are monitoring the ballistic missile, which is still traveling toward the East Sea. The missile launch occurred around 3 a.m. in North Korea. South Korea’s military has reportedly staged a “precision strike” missile exercise in response.
Shortly after, Japan's Prime Minister's Office for disaster and crisis management information tweeted: "North Korea launched a missile that has the possibility of arriving in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of our country," according to a translation.
A few minutes later, NBC News reported that the missile did land within the EEZ.
Fox also noted that there have been signs that have indicated Kim Jong Un has been planning to launch a missile.
“Japan’s Kyodo News reported on Monday that Japanese government detected radio signals that indicated a possible missile test in the near future,” said Fox.
North Korea last fired a missile on September 15th. That missile flew over Japan’s Hokkaido Island before splashing into the Pacific ocean.
On Tuesday, South Korean unification minister Cho Myoung-gyon warned that North Korea is on the verge of achieving full nuclear capability. He told foreign correspondents in Seoul might achieve an intercontinental ballistic missile that could carry a nuclear warhead.
“North Korea has been developing its nuclear weapons at a faster-than-expected pace. We cannot rule out the possibility that North Korea could announce its completion of a clear force within one year," Cho said.
Hawaii officials announced Wednesday that they will be beginning monthly siren tests. They will start on Friday. The tests, which would be conducted to prepare islanders for a possible nuclear missile attack by North Korea, would be the first since the Cold War.
On Tuesday afternoon, Pentagon spokesman Col. Robert Manning released a statement on North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile launch: "The North American Aerospace Defense Command determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America, our territories or our allies."
The missile landed in the sea of Japan within the EEZ zone. However, it did not cause any harm.