Friday, 15 September 2017

North Korea 'fires ballistic missile' over Japan, Japanese government says

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile over Japan, the Japanese government has said, as it condemned the latest "reckless act".
The missile was launched eastwards from Pyongyang, reaching an altitude of around 770km and flying for about 19 minutes over a distance of around 3,700km, South Korea's military said.

It flew over Hokkaido in northern Japan and fell into the Pacific Ocean, sparking a nationwide alert.

US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis said the launch "put millions of Japanese into duck and cover", although residents in northern Japan appeared to remain calm.

US Pacific Command said an initial assessment indicated the launch of an intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM).

It added that the projectile did not pose a threat to North America or the US Pacific territory of Guam, towards which Pyongyang had previously threatened to launch a missile.

The UN Security Council said it will hold an emergency meeting on Friday, while US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on all nations to take "new measures" against the North.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the provocation "trampled on the international society's desire for a peaceful solution" and that "the reckless act" was "absolutely unacceptable".

BBC     News.

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