North Korea on Friday fired a ballistic missile over northern Japan, the second such provocative move in a month, according to South Korean and Japanese officials.
The missile flew over Japan, landing in the Pacific Ocean about 2,000 km east of the Hokkaido island, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.
“These repeated provocations on the part of North Korea are unpermissible and we protest in the strongest words,” Reuters quoted Suga as saying in a hastily organized news conference in Tokyo.
The unidentified missile reached an altitude of about 770 km and flew 3,700 km, according to South Korea’s military.
Last month, North Korea fired a missile from similar area near the capital Pyongyang that also flew over Hokkaido into the ocean.
South Korea said it had fired a missile test into the sea to coincide with North Korea’s launch. The presidential Blue House has called an urgent National Security Council meeting.
Japan also convened a National Security Council meeting.
North Korea’s latest missile launch comes a day after Pyongyang threatened to sink Japan and reduce the US to “ashes and darkness” for supporting a UN Security Council resolution imposing new sanctions against it for its Sept. 3 nuclear test, its most powerful by far.
The UN Security Council voted unanimously on a US-drafted resolution and a new round of sanctions on Monday, banning North Korea’s textile exports and capping fuel supplies.
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