>> North Korea firing a ballistic missile that passed over Japan early Tuesday morning according to local media reports. South Korean outlet Yonhap reporting the missile came from near Pyongyang, the seat of Kim Jong Un's government. While Japan's NHK said it passed over Northern Japan just after 6:00 AM local time.
The Japanese military did not attempt to shoot down the missile. But NHK reporting the missile broke into three pieces and fell into the ocean off Hokkaido, the northern most of Japan's five main islands. Reporter Matt Spetalnick is on the story.>> This is the first time since 1998 that North Korea has fired a missile over Japan.
This was the latest challenge by North Korea to the United States and its allies in the region. It was a message of defiance by Kim Jong-un at a time when the United States and South Korea are conducting joint military drills on the peninsula.>> It's the most provocative action from Pyongyang since Kim appeared to back down from a plan to send rockets toward the US Pacific island of Guam.
At the time, President Donald Trump threatened fire and fury if North Korea went through with the launch.