Ja­panese take shel­ter as mis­sile flies over­head

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS | WORLD - – INM

NORTH Korea has fired a bal­lis­tic mis­sile over Ja­pan in its lat­est act of ag­gres­sion against the key Western ally.

The Ja­panese gov­ern­ment said the mis­sile, which was launched from Py­ongyang’s Su­nan district, had passed over Hokkaido and the coun­try’s mil­i­tary did not try to shoot it down.

Ja­pan is­sued a na­tion­wide alert that urged res­i­dents in the coun­try’s north to take shel­ter, and Ja­panese Chief Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Yoshi­hide Suga con­demned the at­tack.

US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son urged China and Rus­sia to take di­rect ac­tion against North Korea in re­sponse to the launch.

“China and Rus­sia must in­di­cate their in­tol­er­ance for th­ese reck­less mis­sile launches by tak­ing di­rect ac­tions of their own,” Mr Tiller­son said in a state­ment.

It is the sec­ond time in re­cent weeks a North Korean mis­sile has flown over Ja­pan, putting the coun­try on high alert and em­pha­sis­ing the stakes as Py­ongyang ac­com­pa­nies hos­tile lan­guage with dis­plays of more so­phis­ti­cated mil­i­tary tech­nol­ogy.

That provoca­tive con­duct has re­peat­edly spurred the United Na­tions to ac­tion and will test the re­solve of world pow­ers who have failed to halt Korean ag­gres­sion.

The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil planned to con­vene a Fri­day meet­ing to dis­cuss the lat­est fir­ing.

The lat­est mis­sile re­port­edly trav­elled 3700km, farther than the 2700km logged by the prior mis­sile sent over Ja­pan and far enough to po­ten­tially strike the Amer­i­can ter­ri­tory of Guam.

PHOTO: AP

IN SEOUL: TV cov­er­age turns to North Korea’s lat­est mis­sile launch.

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