Japan says North Korea missile launch “unprecedented” threat to US allies, South Korea

Last Updated Aug 29, 2017 7:59 AM EDT

TOKYO — Millions of people in Japan woke up to a text message that said: “missile passing… please take cover.” Some of the country’s famed high-speed trains came to a screeching halt early Tuesday morning after North Korea fired a missile over the island nation.

Hours later, President Trump said “the world has received North Korea’s latest message loud and clear: this regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior.”

The statement released by the White House on Tuesday went on to say that Kim Jong Un’s “threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation,” and warned “all options are on the table” for Mr. Trump to address the nuclear standoff.

CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy reports that in the past, Pyongyang normally made a point of warning Japan before it launched a missile through its airspace, but not this time. Sirens blared through the streets in northern Japan early Tuesday, waking people up with a warning to get inside and take cover.  

The missile was launched from near the capital city of North Korea, possibly from a mobile launch pad at Pyongyang airport. It flew more than 1,600 miles, crossing over the Japanese island of Hokkaido before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the launch “a reckless act,” and an “unprecedented” threat.

South Korea, another U.S. ally, responded by releasing video of its own missile tests conducted last week. The U.S. and South Korea are currently holding joint military exercises which the North views as a rehearsal for war.

North Korea’s missile launch is the latest show of force from leader Kim Jong Un, who has now fired 16 missiles so far this year.

The country also successfully tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs)…

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