North Korea Launches Missile Over Japan

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North Korea has once again fired a missile over Japan.

According to The Guardian, at 6:57 a.m. local time Friday, the rogue nation launched a missile, which flew over Hokkaido before it plunged into the sea approximately 1,200 miles off the coast of the Japanese island.

The missile triggered a “J-Alert,” a warning system advising residents to “take shelter,” and avoid possible debris.

The launch comes just days after the United Nations Security Council “voted unanimously in support of a US-drafted resolution condemning the missile test and imposing measures that include a ban on North Korean textile imports and restrictions on oil exports to the country,” reports The Guardian.

In response to the sanctions, North Korea’s state news agency issued a statement calling for the U.S. to be reduced “into ashes and darkness,” and “beaten to death like a rabid dog.” Japan was specifically mentioned as well, as it is part of the U.N. Security Council: “The four islands of the [Japanese] archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche,” the statement said.

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CNN notes that the U.N. Security Council sanctions “were prompted by North Korea’s sixth nuclear test that occurred on September 3, which Pyongyang said was a successful test of a hydrogen bomb.”


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