North Korea fired an unidentified missile eastward from Pyongyang

A missile is launched during a long and medium-range ballistic rocket launch drill in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on August 30, 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS
North Korea has launched what appeared to be an ballistic missile on early Friday to the east from Pyongyang airport, and the missile just passed over Hokkaido in Japan around 7:06 am. say first reports. Japanese citizens in several prefectures were warned to find shelter following reports that a missile was airborne, NHK reports.

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North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan again on Friday in defiance of the international community’s warnings, according to South Korea’s military.

The latest in a series of the Kim Jong-un regime’s provocations came three days after the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution aimed at cutting the North’s oil imports by a third.

The “unidentified” missile fired from Pyongyang flew around 3,700 kilometers over Japan into the North Pacific Ocean, said the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). It reached a maximum altitude of some 770 km, added the JCS.

The missile was launched “at around 6:57 a.m. today from the vicinity of Sunan in Pyongyang,” it said.

Given the trajectory and the apogee, the North seems to have fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) at a normal angle. Defense authorities here do not rule out the possibility that it was an improved medium-range ballistic missile or a type of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The South’s President Moon Jae-in immediately convened a National Security Council (NSC) meeting, as the country’s troops conducted a ballistic missile training in the East Sea in response to the North’s latest provocation.

The military fired the Hyunmoo-II missile in consideration of the distance between the training site and the Sunan airfield, which is the “origin of provocation,” the JCS said.

The quick response represents the military’s combat readiness, it said in a statement

Japanese authorities put out an emergency alert saying the missile flew over Hokkaido just after 8am AEST.

The missile is believed to have followed similar trajectory as a weapon fired over Japan last month.

North Korean missile likely reached altitude of 770 km, flew 3,700 km, say South Korean military.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will preside over a National Security Council session Friday to discuss North Korea’s missile provocation earlier in the day, his office said, as cited by South Korean Yonhap.

Seoul’s military said that Pyongyang fired off another missile from the Sunan area in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, the first missile launch since Aug. 29 when the North launched an intermediate-range missile from the same region, the agency added.

North Korean missile just passed over Hokkaido in Japan around 7:06 am.

Missile overflight Hokkaido and hit area in Pacific ocean.

The South’s presidential office Cheong Wa Dae immediately convened a National Security Council meeting, as the country’s troops conducted a ballistic missile training in the East Sea in response to the North’s latest provocation.

Japan’s NHK broadcaster reported that the North seems to have fired the missile toward the northeastern region of Japan.

Late last month, the North lobbed a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile over the island nation.

North Korea launched an “unidentified” missile eastward from Pyongyang, South Korea’s military said Friday.

“North Korea fired an unidentified missile eastward from the vicinity of Pyongyang this morning,” the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. It added that South Korea and the United States are analyzing additional information.