N Korea sends rocket fly­ing far over Ja­pan

Daily Dispatch - - World News - By JACK KIM and KAORI KANEKO

NORTH Korea fired a mis­sile that flew over Ja­pan’s north­ern Hokkaido far out into the Pa­cific Ocean yes­ter­day, South Korean and Ja­panese of­fi­cials said, deep­en­ing ten­sions after Py­ongyang’s re­cent test of its most pow­er­ful nu­clear bomb.

The mis­sile flew over Ja­pan and landed in the Pa­cific about 2 000km east of Hokkaido, Ja­panese Chief Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Yoshi­hide Suga told re­porters.

Warn­ing an­nounce­ments about the mis­sile blared at about 7am in parts of north­ern Ja­pan, while many res­i­dents re­ceived alerts on their mo­bile phones or saw warn­ings on TV telling them to seek refuge.

US Sec­re­tary of De­fence Jim Mat­tis said the launch “put mil­lions of Ja­panese into duck and cover”, al­though res­i­dents in north­ern Ja­pan ap­peared calm and went about their busi­ness as nor­mal after the sec­ond such launch in less than a month.

The mis­sile reached an al­ti­tude of about 770km and flew for about 19 min­utes over a dis­tance of about 3 700km, ac­cord­ing to South Korea’s mil­i­tary – far enough to reach the US Pa­cific ter­ri­tory of Guam.

The US mil­i­tary said the mis­sile did not pose a threat to North America or the US Pa­cific ter­ri­tory of Guam, which is 3 400km from North Korea.

Py­ongyang had pre­vi­ously threat­ened to launch mis­siles to­wards Guam. US of­fi­cials re­peated Wash­ing­ton’s “iron­clad” com­mit­ments to the de­fence of its al­lies.

Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son called for “new mea­sures” against North Korea and said the “con­tin­ued provo­ca­tions only deepen North Korea’s diplo­matic and eco­nomic iso­la­tion” .

South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in echoed that view. — Reuters

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