NEWS | Sept. 5, 2016

USSTRATCOM Detects, Tracks North Korean Missile Launches

By U.S. Strategic Command Public Affairs

U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) systems detected and tracked what we assess were three North Korean missile launches at 10:13 p.m. CDT, September 4, 2016, near the western city of Hwangju.

Two of the three missiles are presumed to be intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The type of the other missile is still being assessed.

The missiles were tracked over North Korea and into the Sea of Japan.

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.

UPDATE 1 (Sep. 6, 2016) - After additional analysis, USSTRATCOM assesses that all three missiles are presumed to be No Dong medium-range ballistic missiles.