North Korea launches ballistic missile over Japan


North Korea has reportedly launched a ballistic missile over northern Hokkaido island in Japan on 29 August.

The missile, which broke into three pieces, landed in the Pacific Ocean 1,180km off the Japanese coast, according to media sources.

Believed to be an intermediate range Hwasong-12, the missile flew a distance of more than 2,700km before landing in the ocean.

Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga was quoted by CNN as saying that the missile flew for more than 15 minutes.

Suga added: "There is no immediate report of the fallen objects and no damage to the ships and aircraft.”

"Japan and the US completely agreed that an emergency meeting at the UN Security Council should be held immediately and increase the pressure towards North Korea."

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reportedly condemned the latest missile launch by North Korea, noting that the act is a serious threat to the nation.

Abe said: "Japan and the US completely agreed that an emergency meeting at the UN Security Council should be held immediately and increase the pressure towards North Korea."

Additionally, South Korea has conducted bombing drill in response to the missile launch.

During the live bombing drill, four South Korean F-15K fighter jets dropped eight MK-84 bombs.

South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck was quoted by CNN as saying: "We are fully ready to counter any threat from North Korea and will make unwavering efforts to protect the lives of our people and the security of our nation.”