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North Korea fires missiles over Japan

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile across Japan, creating new tension in the region after its nuclear bomb test less than two weeks ago.

The missile reached an altitude of about 770km (478 miles), travelling 3,700km before landing in the sea off Hokkaido, South Korea’s military said.

It flew higher and further than one fired over Japan late last month, the BBC reports.

Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, said his country would “never tolerate” such “dangerous provocative action.”

South Korea responded within minutes by firing two ballistic missiles into the sea in a simulated strike on the North.

United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, also condemned the launch and the United Nations Security Council will meet later on Friday in New York at the request of America and Japan.

The launch took place from the Sunan district of the capital Pyongyang just before 07:00 local time (22:00 GMT on Thursday), South Korea’s military said.

Sunan is home to Pyongyang International Airport, 24km north of the city centre.



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