South Korea says new mis­sile fired by North

This is sec­ond ag­gres­sive test-flight over Ja­pan

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South Korea’s mil­i­tary said North Korea fired an uniden­ti­fied mis­sile Fri­day from its cap­i­tal Py­ongyang that flew over Ja­pan be­fore land­ing in the north­ern Pa­cific Ocean.

It was the sec­ond ag­gres­sive test-flight over the ter­ri­tory of the close U.S. ally in less than a month and it fol­lowed the sixth and most pow­er­ful nu­clear test by North Korea to date on Sept. 3.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the mis­sile trav­elled about 3,700 kilo­me­tres (2,300 miles) while reach­ing a max­i­mum height of 770 kilo­me­tres (478 miles).

The mis­sile was launched from Su­nan, the site of Py­ongyang’s in­ter­na­tional air­port.

North Korea last month used the air­port to fire a Hwa­song-12 in­ter­me­di­ate range mis­sile that flew over north­ern Ja­pan.

The North then de­clared it a “mean­ing­ful pre­lude” to con­tain­ing the U.S. Pa­cific is­land ter­ri­tory of Guam and the start of more bal­lis­tic mis­sile launches to­ward the Pa­cific Ocean.

Ja­pan’s Chief Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Yoshi­hide Suga de­nounced North Korea’s lat­est launch, say­ing he was con­vey­ing “strong anger” on be­half of the Ja­panese peo­ple.

Suga said Ja­pan “will not tol­er­ate the re­peated and ex­ces­sive provo­ca­tions.”

The North Amer­i­can Aero­space De­fence Com­mand de­ter­mined the in­ter­me­di­ate range mis­sile did not pose a threat tonorth Amer­ica. In ad­di­tion, U.S. Pa­cific Com­mand said it did not pose a threat to Guam.

South Korean ex­perts said the Au­gust launch was Py­ongyang’s at­tempt to make mis­siles fly­ing over Ja­pan an ac­cepted norm as it seeks to test new mis­siles and win more mil­i­tary space in the re­gion dom­i­nated by its en­e­mies.

South Korea’s De­fence Min­istry said the coun­try’s mil­i­tary con­ducted a live-fire drill of a Hyun­moo-2 bal­lis­tic mis­sile in re­sponse to the North’s launch on Fri­day.

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pedes­tri­ans look at a tele­vi­sion screen broad­cast­ing a news re­port in Tokyo on Fri­day, fol­low­ing a North Korean mis­sile test that passed over Ja­pan.

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