Saturday 17 March 2018

North Korea fires missile from Pyongyang over Japan

North Korean leader Kim Jung Un
North Korean leader Kim Jung Un Newsdesk Newsdesk

North Korea fired an unidentified missile early on Friday from the Sunan district in its capital, Pyongyang, toward the eastern direction, South Korea's military said.

The South Korean and U.S. militaries are analysing details of the launch, the South's Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

A mobile alert sent to Japanese residents
A mobile alert sent to Japanese residents

The missile has flown over Japan, Japan's NHK television said.

Reuters is reporting that the missile was launched at 6.57am and it flew over Hokkaido towards the Pacific at 7.06am.

South Korea's presidential Blue House has called an urgent National Security Council meeting.

The North's launch comes a day after it threatened to sink Japan and reduce the United States to "ashes and darkness" for supporting a UN Security Council resolution imposing new sanctions against it for its Sept. 3 nuclear test.

The North previously launched a ballistic missile from Sunan on August 29 which flew over Japan's Hokkaido island and landed in the Pacific waters.

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