N. Korea fires mis­sile over Ja­pan


SEOUL, Korea, Repub­lic Of — 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 test­flight 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 km while reach­ing a max­i­mum height of 770 km.

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 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.

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 pro­jec­tiles and win more mil­i­tary space in the re­gion dom­i­nated by its en­e­mies.

The Of­fices of Guam Home­land Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fence said the lat­est launch posed no im­me­di­ate threat to Guam or the Mari­nas.

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.

Seoul’s pres­i­den­tial of­fice said Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in has sched­uled a Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil meet­ing to dis­cuss the lat­est launch.

North Korea claimed its lat­est nu­clear test was a det­o­na­tion of a ther­monu­clear weapon built for its de­vel­op­men­tal in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­siles.

The North flight-tested its Hwa­song-14 ICBMs twice in July and an­a­lysts say the mis­siles po­ten­tially reach deep into the U.S. main­land when per­fected.

North Korea’s lat­est mis­sile launch came days af­ter the U.N. Se­cu­rity A man watches a TV news pro­gram on a pub­lic screen show­ing an im­age of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Tokyo. North Korea on Thurs­day launched a mis­sile over Ja­pan for a sec­ond time.

Coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved new sanc­tions over the nu­clear test. The lat­est sanc­tions are not as tough as what the U.S. had sought, they are ex­pected to have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact. The As­so­ci­ated Press

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