North Korea fires missile over Japan; attack warnings sounded; launch an ‘unprecedented threat’ – Australia News



August 29, 2017 18:56:47

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his nation is facing a “serious and grave threat” after North Korea fired a missile over northern Japan this morning.

Key points:

  • Japanese military did not attempt to shoot missile down
  • Missile lands in sea off northern island of Hokkaido
  • US says launch does not pose threat to North America

The missile was launched from near North Korean capital Pyongyang and flew about 2,700 kilometres, reaching an altitude of about 550km.

It flew over Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido before breaking into three pieces and falling into the sea about 1,180 km to the east of Japan.

Air raid warnings sounded in northern Japan as the missile approached, with people being warned to take shelter in basements.

North Korea has conducted dozens of ballistic missile tests under young leader Kim Jong-un, but firing projectiles over mainland Japan is rare.

“North Korea’s reckless action is an unprecedented, serious and grave threat to our nation,” Mr Abe said.

“We will make utmost efforts to firmly protect the lives of the people,” he told reporters as he entered his office for emergency meetings.

Mr Abe later said he had spoken to US President Donald Trump and they had agreed to increase pressure on North Korea.

Mr Trump also said that the US was “100 per cent with Japan” and he showed a strong commitment to Tokyo’s defence, Mr Abe told reporters.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency…

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