Initial telemetry readings from the United States suggested that a North Korean missile launched earlier this week could strike as far as the coast of California or the Aleutian Islands before US and North American defense commands determine quickly that these initial readings were incorrect, CNN reported, citing two familiar sources.
In the early morning local time in North Korea on Tuesday, the country launched a missile that initial readings suggested could hit the United States but actually landed in the sea between Japan and China. Sources believe the missile was designed to avoid missile defenses and resembled a hypersonic glide, according to CNN.
While it later became clear that the missile would not hit the United States and initial readings were issued by NORAD, some fighting on the west coast was based by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Monday afternoon when the missile was launched.
“As a precautionary measure, the FAA temporarily suspended departures at select West Coast airports Monday evening. Full operations resumed in less than 15 minutes. The FAA is taking precautionary measures on a regular basis. We are reviewing the process around this ground stop while we do after all of these events,” the FAA said in a statement.
A US lawmaker who spoke to CNN and was briefed on the events said defense officials did not immediately have “a good idea” of the missile’s capabilities and called the situation surrounding the launch “ugly.” “.
“NORAD followed established procedures to gather information and coordinate with other military commands, allies and security partners. NORAD determined that there was no credible threat and therefore did not issue missile threat warning against Canada or the United States,” the Pentagon spokesman said. John Kirby said in a statement.
“NORAD is committed to working closely with our interagency partners to ensure they understand normal process and procedures. We refer to the FAA statement that they initiated a ground shutdown of less than 15 minutes as a precaution and are reviewing the process for their decision,” he said. continued.
The revelations come as North Korea on Friday fired two more ballistic missiles, which South Korea detected. The United States, along with Albania, France, Ireland, Japan and the United Kingdom, previously issued a joint statement earlier this week condemning North Korea’s missile launches.
“We call on the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] to refrain from further destabilizing actions, to abandon its banned WMD and ballistic missile programs and to engage in meaningful dialogue towards our common goal of complete denuclearization,” the statement read.