South Korea says North has fired an­other mis­sile

Flight over Ja­pan was the sec­ond in less than a month, fol­low­ing a nu­clear test

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — South Korea’s mil­i­tary said North Korea fired an uniden­ti­fied mis­sile Fri­day from its cap­i­tal, Py­ongyang, that flew over Ja­pan be­fore land­ing in the north­ern Pa­cific Ocean.

It was the sec­ond ag­gres­sive test flight over the ter­ri­tory of the close U.S. ally in less than a month, and it fol­lowed the sixth and most pow­er­ful nu­clear test by North Korea to date on Sept. 3.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the mis­sile trav­eled about 2,300 miles while reach­ing a max­i­mum height of 478 miles.

North Korea last month used the air­port to fire a Hwa­song-12 in­ter­me­di­ate range mis­sile that flew over north­ern Ja­pan.

The North de­clared it a “mean­ing­ful pre­lude” to con­tain­ing the U.S. Pa­cific is­land ter­ri­tory of Guam and the start of more bal­lis­tic mis­sile launches to­ward the Pa­cific Ocean.

South Korean ex­perts said the Au­gust launch was Py­ongyang’s at­tempt to make mis­siles fly­ing over Ja­pan an ac­cepted norm as it seeks to test new pro­jec­tiles and win more mil­i­tary space in the re­gion dom­i­nated by its en­e­mies.

The Of­fices of Guam Home­land Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fense said the lat­est launch posed no im­me­di­ate threat to Guam or the Mar­i­anas.

South Korea’s De­fense Min­istry said the coun­try’s mil­i­tary con­ducted a live-fire drill of a Hyun­moo-2 bal­lis­tic mis­sile in re­sponse to the North’s launch.

President Moon Jae-in has in­structed South Korean of­fi­cials to pur­sue “stern” diplo­matic and mil­i­tary mea­sures to dis­cour­age North Korea from fur­ther provo­ca­tions af­ter its lat­est mis­sile launch. Pres­i­den­tial spokesman Park Su-hyun said Fri­day af­ter a Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil meet­ing that Moon also called for stronger prepa­ra­tion against the threat of bi­o­log­i­cal and chem­i­cal weapons at­tacks by the North.

The U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil has sched­uled an emer­gency meet­ing on North Korea’s mis­sile launch. Ethiopia’s U.N. Mis­sion, which holds the coun­cil pres­i­dency this month, said closed-door con­sul­ta­tions will take place Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son is call­ing on all na­tions to take new mea­sures against Kim Jong Un’s regime af­ter North Korea’s lat­est mis­sile launch.

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