North Korea fires another missile over Japan

RSTV Bureau
Pyongyang : This Aug. 29, 2017 photo distributed on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the test launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for more ballistic missile tests targeting the Pacific Ocean, Pyongyang announced Wednesday, a day after his nation for the first time flew a ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload over Japan. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service.  AP/PTI Photo

Pyongyang : This Aug. 29, 2017 photo distributed on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the test launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for more ballistic missile tests targeting the Pacific Ocean, Pyongyang announced Wednesday, a day after his nation for the first time flew a ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload over Japan. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service. AP/PTI Photo

In retaliation to the new UN sanctions, North Korea has fired another ballistic missile over Japan into the Pacific ocean.

The launch, from near Pyongyang, came after the United Nations Security Council imposed an eighth set of measures on Pyongyang over its ballistic missile and atomic weapons programmes.

In New York, the United Nations Security Council has called an emergency meeting on the latest missile test.

The North’s last missile launch, a Hwasong-12 IRBM just over two weeks ago, also overflew Japan’s main islands and was the first to do so in years.

The US Pacific Command confirmed the rocket was an intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) and said it did not pose a threat to North America, or to the US Pacific territory of Guam, which Pyongyang has threatened to bracket with “enveloping fire”.

Seoul’s defence ministry said it probably travelled around 3,700 kilometres and reached a maximum altitude of 770 kilometres.

The latest missile is said to be “the furthest overground any of their ballistic missiles has ever travelled”.

The North has raised global tensions with its rapid progress in weapons technology under leader Kim Jong-un.

Pyongyang tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July that appeared to bring much of the US mainland into range.

NORTH KOREA : This image made from video of a news bulletin aired by North Korea's KRT on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, shows what was said to be North Korea leader Kim Jung Un, center, applauding after the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile, ICBM, in North Korea's northwest. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo. North Korea claimed to have tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile in a launch Tuesday, a potential game-changing development in its push to militarily challenge Washington — but a declaration that conflicts with earlier South Korean and U.S. assessments that it had an intermediate range. AP/PTI

NORTH KOREA : This image made from video of a news bulletin aired by North Korea’s KRT on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, shows what was said to be North Korea leader Kim Jung Un, center, applauding after the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile, ICBM, in North Korea’s northwest. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo. North Korea claimed to have tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile in a launch Tuesday, a potential game-changing development in its push to militarily challenge Washington ‚Äî but a declaration that conflicts with earlier South Korean and U.S. assessments that it had an intermediate range. AP/PTI

North Korea vowed the US would face ‘pain and suffering’ in retaliation for the UN sanctions.

Millions of Japanese were jolted awake by blaring sirens and emergency text message alerts after the missile was fired.

“Missile launch! missile launch! A missile appears to have been launched from North Korea,” loudspeakers blared on Cape Erimo, on Hokkaido’s southern tip.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tokyo could “never tolerate” what he called a “dangerous provocative action that threatens world peace”.

“If North Korea continues to walk down this path, it has no bright future,” he told reporters. “We must make North Korea understand this.”

The launch came a day after a North Korean organisation warned of a “telling blow” against Japan, accusing it of “dancing to the tune of the US” for supporting fresh UN sanctions.

“The four islands of the archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche,” the Korea Asia- Pacific Peace Committee (KAPPC) said in a statement, referring to the North’s national philosophy of “Juche” or self- reliance.

(With inputs from PTI)