South Korea says North has fired an­other mis­sile

Penticton Herald - - WORLD -

SEOUL, Korea, Repub­lic Of — South Korea’s mil­i­tary said North Korea fired an uniden­ti­fied mis­sile early today 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 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 while reach­ing a max­i­mum height of 770 kilo­me­tres.

The North 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.

North Korea’s lat­est mis­sile launch came days after the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved new sanc­tions over the nu­clear test. The lat­est sanc­tions are not as tough as what the U.S. had sought, but they are ex­pected to have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact.

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