Japanese take shelter as missile flies overhead
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.
IN SEOUL: TV coverage turns to North Korea’s latest missile launch.