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Friday, 15 September 2017

North Korea Launches Another Missile Over Japan In The Pacific As Regime Taunts The World

Pictured: The second test-fire of ICBM Hwasong-14 at an undisclosed location in North Korea, 28 July 
North Korea has fired another test missile over Japan, leading to global condemnation amid already high tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear warhead tests.
The missile flew over the northern island of Hokkaido, where thousands were awoken by air-raid sirens for the second time in just three weeks, and landed some 1,240 miles off the cape of Erimo just before 7am local time (10pm Thursday GMT).
The rocket, believed to be a intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), flew for about 19 minutes over a distance of about 2,300 miles, according to South Korea's military - far enough to reach the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, which is 2,100 miles from North Korea. 



The missile test was carried out mere hours after North Korea threatened to nuke Japan and reduce the US 'to ashes and darkness' in response to the latest sanctions imposed by the UN, which puts a cap on textile exports and import of crude oil.
Japan's defence minister Itsunori Onodera said Friday he believed North Korea has its eye on the U.S. territory as he warned that 'similar actions (by the North) would continue'
'We cannot assume North Korea's intention, but given what it has said, I think it has Guam in mind,' Onodera said. 
Action: South Korea responded to North Korea's latest provocation by conducting their own live-fire missile drill on Friday morning
Action: South Korea responded to North Korea's latest provocation by conducting their own live-fire missile drill on Friday morning

This morning's launch was the second aggressive test-flight over Japanese territory in less than a month and it followed the sixth and most powerful nuclear test by North Korea to date on September 3. 
Residents on Hokkaido were awoken by sirens and loudspeakers calling out: 'Missile launch! Missile launch! A missile appears to have been launched from North Korea. Take cover in a building or underground,' causing widespread panic.
The UN Security Council will meet this evening to discuss the latest North Korea missile test at the request of the US and Japan.
The live-fire exercise was held to prepare against a possible attack from North Korea near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Paju, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an early morning statement saying North Korea was 'trampling' on international peaceful efforts, saying the UN sanctions needed to be firmly imposed.
He added that the international community must send a clear message to North Korea over its provocative actions.
He said: 'We can never tolerate that North Korea trampled on the international community's strong, united resolve toward peace that has been shown in UN resolutions and went ahead again with this outrageous act.'
'If North Korea continues to walk down this path, it has no bright future. We must make North Korea understand this,' he added.
A government spokesman said earlier that Japan would 'never tolerate this repeated provocative action by North Korea,' adding that the country will make an appropriate response.
'We have strongly protested to the North, telling them the strong anger by the Japanese people and condemn with the strongest words possible.'
In an immediate response to Friday's launch, South Korea said its military fired a Hyunmoo-2 ballistic missile into the sea.
The U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis branded North Korea 'reckless', but said he did not want to talk about a possible American military response.
The North previously launched a ballistic missile from Sunan on August 29, which flew over Japan's Hokkaido island and landed in the Pacific.
The South Korean and US militaries are analysing details of the launch, the South's Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Friday morning.



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