North Korea fires missile over Japan

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North Korea has fired an unidentified missile towards Japan, South Korea’s military said Thursday evening.  The South Korean and US militaries are investigating details of the launch.

According to Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK, the missile passed over the northern island of Hokkaido and landed in the Pacific about 2,000 km east of Japan. The government said there was no danger, but people were advised to stay away from anything that could be missile debris, according to a CNN report.

The launch comes just hours after the rogue nation responded to the United Nations Security Council’s unanimous approval of additional sanctions by threatening to “sink” Japan and reduce the U.S. mainland into “ash and darkness.”

North Korea previously launched a ballistic missile from Sunan on August 29, which flew over Japan’s Hokkaido island and landed in the Pacific waters. The rogue nation claimed it was a hydrogen bomb, and it may have triggered an artificial earthquake, which, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, resulted in a magnitude 6.3 earthquake in North Korea.

South Korea’s presidential Blue House has called an urgent meeting of its national security council.

On Thursday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in dismissed the possibility of deploying nuclear weapons in his country, warning it could “lead to a nuclear arms race in northeast Asia.”

“We need to develop our military capabilities in the face of North Korea’s nuclear advancement,” he told CNN in his first televised interview since North Korea’s sixth nuclear test. “I do not agree that South Korea needs to develop our own nuclear weapons or relocate tactical nuclear weapons in the face of North Korea’s nuclear threat. To respond to North Korea by having our own nuclear weapons will not maintain peace on the Korean Peninsula and could lead to a nuclear arms race in northeast Asia.”

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