US confirms N. Korea launched missile over Japan

US confirms N. Korea launched missile over Japan”

U.S. Pacific Command projected that the missile splashed down at 6:29 a.m. local time.

Following the missile launch, the Japanese and South Korean governments held their respective National Security Council meetings to discuss the launch.

The United Nations has repeatedly condemned North Korea's weapons programs and imposed a series of ever-tightening economic sanctions that the reclusive nation has found ways to evade. "We look at that as a threat", Pentagon spokesman Col. Robert Manning told reporters.

NHK said the missile broke into three pieces. On Sept. 1, 1998, the North fired a Daepodong-1 rocket that passed without permission through Japanese airspace.

The New York Times reports that this is the first time a North Korean missile was launched over Japan since 2009.

It's the second time in less than a week that North Korea has responded to these exercises with a missile launch, though the previous one on August 26 failed while in flight.

Tuesday's missile firings will thrust the confrontation between the U.S. and North Korea back to the fore after the hermit kingdom had been praised by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week for its "restraint". The United States, meanwhile, said it has determined the missile launch did not pose a threat to the country.

A US official said spy satellites had been observing preparations for a ballistic missile test that could reach Guam.

"North Korea has been conducting an unprecedented level of testing since early 2016 and we have not seen anything in their defiant posture to suggest this has changed", the official said.

Pyongyang has been threatening to fire a missile over Japan and into the waters around the American territory of Guam. Japanese officials said there was no damage to ships or anything else reported. "We are significantly increasing these efforts", Suga said as quoted by Kyodo news agency. Both tests are said to be responses by Kim Jong-Un to ongoing joint U.S.

Asked whether he and Trump had been too quick to imagine that Kim might be ready to show restraint, Tillerson said: "I don't know that we are wrong".

The White House did not respond to the latest missile provocation, however analysts noted that it escalated tensions from different countries.

It travelled around 2,700 kilometres (1,700 miles) at a maximum altitude of around 550 kilometres, it said, adding South Korea and the United States were "closely analysing for more details". The act reignited tensions between Pyongyang and the rest of the world.

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