US Strategic Command tracked what it assessed to be a North Korean submarine missile launch Friday night. The launch of the presumed KN-11 ballistic missile occurred off the coast of Sinpo, North Korea, at 9:28 p.m. Central Daylight Time, and the missile was tracked over the Sea of Japan, where STRATCOM believes it fell, according to a release. NORAD determined the missile did not pose a threat to North America. The launch is the latest in a string of North Korean missile tests this year and occurred the day after the US and South Korean governments announced they agreed to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile system on the Korean peninsula. On Monday, the North Korean military threatened a “physical response” to the deployment of THAAD, Reuters reported.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.