Monday morning, North Korea launched an unidentified missile that flew directly over Japan toward the United States. This is another attempt from Kim Jong Un to try to intimidate the US. The missile fell apart over Hokkaido, Japan, NHK reported They broke into three pieces and fell into waters off the Japanese’s east coast. In addition to this failed missile test, South Korean officials said Pyongyang may be preparing its sixth nuclear weapon test. The Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) in Seoul met with South Korean lawmakers in a private parliamentary session and told the leadership that it has been detecting signs that North Korea was preparing for another nuclear test at its Punggye-ri underground test site. Kim Byung-kee, a lawmaker of South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party (DP) said the NIS reported that North Korea “has completed its preparation to carry out a nuclear test at Tunnel 2 and Tunnel 3 of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site.” He added the NIS said it had detected activity suggesting Tunnel 4 was being prepared for more construction work after excavation work was halted last year.
The alarms sounded in Tohoku Japan, where residents were being told to take shelter in basements and bunkers. According to the South Korean news agency Yonhap, North Korea also ‘fired an “unidentified projectile” from Pyongyang in the East Sea direction at around 5:57 a.m’ No injuries have reported as of yet.