OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. − U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) systems detected and tracked what we assess were three North Korean missile launches at 3:44 p.m. CDT, 3:58 p.m. CDT and 4:35 p.m. CDT, July 18, 2016. The near back-to-back launch of two presumed Scud tactical ballistic missiles, followed by the presumed launch of a No Dong medium-range ballistic missile approximately an hour later, occurred near Hwangju.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launches from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America.
The men and women of USSTRATCOM, NORAD and U.S. Northern Command, and U.S. Pacific Command remain vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations and are fully committed to working closely with our Republic of Korea and Japanese allies to maintain security.
USSTRATCOM‘s mission is to conduct global operations in synchronization with other combatant commands and appropriate U.S. government agencies to detect, deter and prevent strategic attacks against the U.S., its allies, and partners, and to be prepared to deliver warfighting capability to defend the nation.