Japanese Cabinet Minister Yoshihide Suga said North Korea's missile launch on Saturday posed no threat to Japan but they remained on high alert. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. North Korea's short-range missile launch off its east coast early on Saturday (August 26) posed no threat to Japan's national security, though they continued to be on high alert, according to Japanese Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. The missile launch took place as South Korea and the U.S. conducted annual joint military drills that the North denounced as preparation for war. The South Korean Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles were launched from the North's eastern Kangwon province and flew in a northeasterly direction about 250 km (155 miles) into the sea, but were not ballistic missiles. Tensions had eased somewhat since a harsh exchange of words between Pyongyang and Washington after U.S. President Donald Trump had warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un he would face "fire and fury" if he threatened the United States.