Py­ongyang fires mis­sile over Ja­pan


Cebu Daily News - - WORLD - /AFP

North Korea fired a bal­lis­tic mis­sile over Ja­pan and into the Pa­cific Fri­day, re­spond­ing to new UN sanc­tions with what ap­peared to be its fur­thest-ever mis­sile flight amid high ten­sions over its weapons pro­grammes.

The launch, from near Py­ongyang, came af­ter the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil im­posed an eighth set of mea­sures on the iso­lated coun­try fol­low­ing its sixth nu­clear test ear­lier this month.

It was by far its largest to date, and Py­ongyang said it was a hy­dro­gen bomb small enough to fit onto a mis­sile.

In New York, the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil called an emer­gency meet­ing for later Fri­day.

The US Pa­cific Com­mand con­firmed Fri­day’s rocket was an in­ter­me­di­ate range bal­lis­tic mis­sile (IRBM) and said it did not pose a threat to North Amer­ica or to the US Pa- cific ter­ri­tory of Guam, which Py­ongyang has threat­ened to bracket with “en­velop­ing fire.”

Seoul’s de­fense min­istry said it prob­a­bly trav­eled around 3,700 kilo­me­ters and reached a max­i­mum al­ti­tude of 770 kilo­me­ters.

South Korea fires a Hyunmu-2 mis­sile into the East Sea from an undis­closed lo­ca­tion dur­ing a live-fire ex­er­cise aimed to counter North Korea’s mis­sile test.

It was “the fur­thest over­ground any of their bal­lis­tic mis­siles has ever trav­eled,” Joseph Dempsey of the In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute for Strate­gic Stud­ies said on Twit­ter.

Physi­cist David Wright, of the Union of Con­cerned Sci­en­tists, added: “North Korea demon­strated that it could reach Guam with this mis­sile, although the pay­load the mis­sile was car­ry­ing is not known” and its ac­cu­racy was in doubt.

The North has raised global ten­sions with its rapid progress in weapons tech­nol­ogy un­der leader Kim Jong-Un, who is closely as­so­ci­ated with the pro­gramme and reg­u­larly pic­tured by state me­dia over­see­ing launches and vis­it­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

The North’s last mis­sile launch, a Hwa­song-12 IRBM just over two weeks ago, also over­flew Ja­pan’s main is­lands and was the first to do so for years.

But when Py­ongyang tested two in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­siles in July that ap­peared to bring much of the US main­land into range, it fired them on lofted tra­jec­to­ries that avoided pass­ing over the ar­chi­pel­ago na­tion.


Pedes­tri­ans walk in front of a large TV screen in Tokyo that is broad­cast­ing a news re­port on North Korea’s lat­est mis­sile test.

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