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« Reply #175 on: September 15, 2017, 01:23:54 pm »


from The Washington Post....

North Korea fires another missile from near Pyongyang,
reportedly over Japan


This would be the second launch over Japan in less than three weeks.

By ANNA FIFIELD | 6:40PM EDT - Thursday, September 14, 2017

A photo made available by the North Korean Central News Agency shows the second test-fire of Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea on July 28th, 2017. Multiple media reported on Friday, September 15th, 2017, that North Korea has launched another unidentified missile and that it has passed over Japan. — Photograph: KCNA/European Pressphoto Agency/Agencia EFE.
A photo made available by the North Korean Central News Agency shows the second test-fire of Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic
missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea on July 28th, 2017. Multiple media reported on Friday, September 15th, 2017,
that North Korea has launched another unidentified missile and that it has passed over Japan.
 — Photograph: KCNA/European Pressphoto Agency/Agencia EFE.


SEOUL — North Korea fired another missile from the Pyongyang area early on Friday morning, with the Japanese public broadcaster NHK reporting that it flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

South Korea's joint chiefs of staff said that the missile was launched from a site near the capital, Pyongyang, and fired in an easterly direction at about 6:30 a.m. local time. The Japanese government is still assessing the launch, but it immediately triggered emergency alerts in Japan.

The alerts warned residents that a missile had been launched and to seek shelter.

On Thursday, a North Korean state agency had issued an alarming threat to Japan.

“The four islands of the [Japanese] archipelago should be sunken into the sea by [our] nuclear bomb,” the Korea Asia-Pacific peace committee said in a statement carried by the official news agency.

Hokkaido is the northernmost of Japan's four main islands.

“Japan is no longer needed to exist near us,” the committee said.

This is the second time in less than three weeks that North Korea would have fired a missile over Japan.

On August 28th, North Korea fired a Hwasong-12, an inter­mediate-range ballistic missile technically capable of flying 3,000 miles, enough to reach the U.S. territory of Guam.

But the last missile flew to the east, over Hokkaido and into the Pacific Ocean, rather than on a southward path toward Guam. North Korea was apparently testing its flight on a normal trajectory without crossing a “red line” of aiming at the United States.

But the missile launch, followed by a huge nuclear test, triggered tough new sanctions from the United Nations Security Council.

Following Friday's launch, South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, convened an emergency meeting of his national security council.


• Anna Fifield is The Post’s bureau chief in Tokyo, focusing on Japan and the Koreas. She previously reported for the Financial Times from Washington DC, Seoul, Sydney, London and from across the Middle East.

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