According to a statement released by the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul, North Korea fired a second missile over northern Japan early Friday morning.
Unlike previous tests, this ballistic missile was allegedly fired from the Sunan area of Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital city. It is the second test-flight the hermit kingdom has launched over Japanese territory in less than a month.
South Korean media reported that the intermediate-range missile traveled for approximately 2,300 miles, reaching an altitude of 480 miles before plummeting into the Pacific Ocean, 1,300 miles east of Japan’s northern Hokkaido island.
The launch follows Pyongyang’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3. The North Korean military is reportedly attempting to mount a nuclear weapon to an intercontinental ballistic missile, which could potentially reach the United States mainland.
00:32 ET: In a public statement, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that North Korea’s ballistic missile technology is growing stronger — the weapon traveled further than the almost 90 previous tests. Mrs. Bishop said this provides good reason to “exert maximum pressure” on Pyongyang in economic terms. She also offered Australia’s support for the international community.
23:17 ET: In a statement given in Tokyo on Friday morning, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe said that North Korea defied the international community’s intention to achieve a peaceful resolution and that Japan will not tolerate such an act.
22:58 ET: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting in New York.