North Korea fires its second missile. This time over Japan’s Hokkaido into the Pacific Ocean
S Korea estimates the rocket could travel 3,700 km, putting US territory of Guam within reach
Seoul/ Tokyo: North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan’s northern Hokkaido far out into the Pacific Ocean on Friday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, deepening tension after Pyongyang’s recent test of its most powerful nuclear bomb.
The missile flew over Japan and landed in the Pacific about 2,000 km east of Hokkaido, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.
The missile reached an altitude of about 770 km and flew for about 19 minutes over a distance of about 3,700 km, according to South Korea’s military - far enough to reach the US Pacific territory of Guam.
On Aug 29, North Korea launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile, the Hwasong-12, which travelled 2,700 km (1,700 miles), also over Japan.
“The range of test was significant since North Korea demonstrated it could reach Guam with this missile,” the Union of Concerned Scientists said.
However, it said the accuracy of the missile, still at an early stage of development, was low, so it would be difficult to destroy the
US Andersen Air Force Base on Guam. US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said the launch “put millions of Japanese into duck and cover”, although residents of northern Japan appeared calm and went about their business as normal after the second launch in less than a month.
South Korean army’s K-55 self-propelled artillery vehicles take part in a live-fire exercise in Paju on Friday.