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North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido today in a major show of defiance to the international community, the CNN reported today.

The launch is the second to fly over Japan in less than a month, and the first since North Korea's sixth nuclear test and new United Nations sanctions on the country.

Friday's missile test follows the release of a statement Wednesday, in which the North Korean state news agency KCNA threatened the "four islands of the (Japanese) archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche," referring to the ruling ideology of North Korea.

Speaking to reporters Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the launch was "totally unacceptable" and went against "the international community's strong, united will for a peaceful solution."

North Korea's latest missile was fired from the district of Sunan in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, home to the country's main airport, the South Korean military said.

The missile flew about 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) and reached an altitude of 770 kilometers (480) miles before landing in the Pacific Ocean.

Initial US assessments suggested North Korea had fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile, similar to that fired over Japan last month.

In response to North Korea's launch, South Korea carried out a "live fire drill" that included a missile launch which the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said was capable of striking the Sunan airport launch site near Pyongyang used for today's launch.

The South Korean missile, which was launched from the country's east coast while the North Korean missile was still in the air, was "a show of force in response to North Korea's latest provocation," a South Korean official has told CNN.

A second missile that was fired at the same time failed and "sank into the sea off the east coast," an official said.

Park Soo-hyun, spokesman for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, said the country's military had been ordered "to prepare a stern measure that can effectively counter North Korea's increasing nuclear and military threats."

Friday's missile test set off sirens as a government warning, known as the J-Alert, went out to citizens across a broad swath of northern Japan.

"The government is advising people to stay away from anything that could be missile debris," CNN said quoting NHK.

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  • ANTON Friday, 15 September 2017 10:40 AM

    THEY SEND MISSILES OVER JAPAN FREQUENTLY , STILL WE HAVE DIFFICULTY SETTING UP GOOD TRANSPORT SERVICE TO TRAVEL FROM FORT TO WATTALA.

    Citizen Perera Friday, 15 September 2017 12:05 PM

    Nevermind Fort to Wattala...nearly 50 years ago Americans went to Moon with a return ticket...

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 15 September 2017 10:49 AM

    North Korea has tacit backing of China. China in turn is using NK as a pawn for her own ulterior benefits. If all the countries decide to ban any ship, aircraft entering / exiting NK, the problem will be solved within six months but will China allow that. So the culprit is China.

    True Friday, 15 September 2017 12:02 PM

    very good meaningful comment.

    vihura Friday, 15 September 2017 07:58 PM

    If the West is really serious about NK, they should stop buying all the cheap junk from China and both China and NK will be on their knees begging for mercy.

    ama Friday, 15 September 2017 11:15 AM

    North Korea is begging for WAR

    ANTON Friday, 15 September 2017 11:22 AM

    THIS IS NOTHING....... OUR JO ALWAYS SENDS MISSILES OVER THE PARLIAMENT...... SO FAR SO GOOD , NOTHING HIT IT.

    andycap Friday, 15 September 2017 02:23 PM

    And there are also missiles being unearthed at the bond commission :) :)

    Hautaum Friday, 15 September 2017 01:11 PM

    N Korea wants JO for barking advisories, discussions, sanctions,banning and warning do not work unless US leaves from Korean and Japan regions.


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