North Korea launches missile over Japan

Thursday, September 14th, 2017
Last Update: 08:30
South Korean and Japanese authorities have said that Pyongyang has fired a missile in the direction of Japan. This is the latest in a series of recent military provocations from the government of Kim Jong Un.The Japanese military has said that a missile fired by North Korea flew over Hokkaido island early on Thursday, then plunged into the Pacific. Japan΄s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said there is no reason to believe at this time that any projectile or debris actually fell on Japanese territory.

Suga said his government protested this "intolerable" act in the strongest terms and will take immediate action at the United Nations.

While the trajectory has not been confirmed by another source, both US and South Korean officials have said Pyongyang did launch a rocket in an eastward direction. Seoul΄s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said it was working with US partners to analyze the details of the launch.

΄Ashes and darkness΄

This latest provocation came a day after the North threatened to destroy Japan and reduce the United States to "ashes and darkness," following support for a UN resolution imposing new sanctions against the regime for its most recent nuclear test earlier this month.

On Wednesday, Air Force General John Hyten, who oversees America΄s nuclear forces, said even without definitive proof thus far it was responsible to assume the recent test on September 3 was a functioning hydrogen bomb, as North Korea has claimed. "I have to make that assumption as a military officer," said Hyten.

es/cmk (AP, AFP, Reuters)

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