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NORTH KOREAN MISSILE FLIES OVER JAPAN
    2017-August-30  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired a missile early yesterday and the missile fell into the Pacific Ocean off Hokkaido after passing over the Japanese archipelago, said the Japanese Government.

The missile was fired at around 5:58 a.m. local time from the western coast of the DPRK in a northeastern direction and passed over Cape Erimo in Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido at 6:06 a.m., said Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

The missile flew over 2,700 km with the highest altitude at some 550 km, and fell into the Pacific Ocean some 1,180 km east of Cape Erimo at around 6:12 a.m., said Suga.

He said that it was possible that the missile separated into three parts over the Sea of Japan, and the Japanese Government is analyzing the situation.

He also said that the missile launch posed “an unprecedentedly serious and grave security threat” to Japan and Japan will work with the United States and South Korea to address the issue.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the missile “significantly undermines” regional peace and security, and Japan has lodged a firm protest against the DPRK.

He added that Japan is to call for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council and to call on the international society to cooperate and impose more pressure on the DPRK.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono reportedly said that the DPRK “appeared to have held back” from firing a missile toward Guam amid U.S. pressure, and instead sent it over Hokkaido.

Following the missile launch, the Japanese Government held a National Security Council meeting involving relevant ministers.

Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump spoke over the phone after the missile launch.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the situation had reached a “tipping point,” but pressure and sanctions “cannot fundamentally solve the issue.”

South Korea’s foreign ministry said in a statement that the government strongly denounces the DPRK’s recent provocation in defiance of the international community’s grave message through a new U.N. Security Council resolution.

The statement said the DPRK should recognize the point that denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the only way to ensure the country’s security and economic development.

It urged Pyongyang to stop reckless provocation and return to the dialogue table for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

South Korean fighter jets yesterday conducted a live-fire drill in the northeastern region of the country after the DPRK’s missile launch.

South Korea’s defense budget in 2018 will rise the most in nine years to counter rising threats from the DPRK, its financial ministry said yesterday.

According to the ministry, a total of 43.12 trillion won (US$38.3 billion) was allotted to the defense budget next year. It was up 6.9 percent from the previous year, marking the fastest yearly increase since 2009.(Xinhua)

 

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