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And a top South Korean gen­eral warned they would ex­ter­mi­nate dic­ta­tor Kim Jong Un fol­low­ing the launch, which has put ev­ery­one on a World War III foot­ing.

Speak­ing about the lat­est mis­sile test the U.S. pres­i­dent raged: “The world has re­ceived North Korea’s lat­est mes­sage loud and clear: this regime has sig­nalled its con­tempt for its neigh­bours, for all mem­bers of the United Na­tions, and for min­i­mum stan­dards of ac­cept­able in­ter­na­tional be­hav­iour.

“Threat­en­ing and desta­bil­is­ing ac­tions only in­crease the regime’s iso­la­tion in the re­gion and among all na­tions of the world. All op­tions are on the table.”

And China warned that the threats could cause an es­ca­la­tion of hos­til­i­ties in the area, with For­eign min­istry spokes­woman Hua Chun­y­ing say­ing at a brief­ing in Bei­jing that the sit­u­a­tion was “now at a tip­ping point and ap­proach­ing a cri­sis.”

Ja­pan’s early-warn­ing sys­tem kicked in on Tues­day, ad­vis­ing folk in Hokkaido to take cover as the mis­sile headed to­wards them in what was a sig­nif­i­cant es­ca­la­tion of Jong-un’s mil­i­tary pos­tur­ing.

The mis­sile flew for around 1,700 miles, reach­ing a max­i­mum al­ti­tude of 350 miles, South Korean of­fi­cials said.

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