North Korea fires missile over Japan
Aug 29, Tokyo: A missile was fired over northern Japan by North Korea early Tuesaday morning amid escalating tensions in the region. The missile flew over Hokkaido island before crashing into the sea.
According to the Japnaese PM Shinzo Abe this was an "unprecedented" threat to his country, as the missile flew a distance of more than 2,700km (1,678 miles)
and reached a maximum altitude of about 550km (342 miles), lower than most previous North Korean missiles and fell into the North Pacific Ocean 1,180km off the Japanese coast after breaking into three pieces.
North Korea has conducted a flurry of missile tests in recent months but firing projectiles over Japan is rare and can sharply escalates tensions. On the two previous occasions North Korea fired rockets over Japan - in 1998 and 2009 - the North claimed they were for satellite launches, not weapons.
According to South Korean security authorities, the missile was fired eastward just before 06:00 local time (21:00 GMT) from near the North's capital, Pyongyang - which is rare.
The Oslo Times International News Network