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

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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.

— REUTERS

South Korean army’s K-55 self-pro­pelled ar­tillery ve­hi­cles take part in a live-fire ex­er­cise in Paju on Fri­day.

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