Published: Friday 15 September, 2017

Japan on Nuclear Alert After North Korea Fires Missile that Can Reach Guam

North Korea has fired another missile over Japan. This was a day after North Korea threatened to bomb Japan following the imposition of the latest round of UN Sanctions on Kim Jong-Un’s regime.

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Photo released by Pyongyang earlier shows a North Korea missile launch. (via CNN)

Residents of Hokkaido were awaken with sirens early Friday morning. Loudspeakers blared calls for people to take cover as the north Korean intercontinental ballistic missile flew over northern Japan and landed 1,240 miles off the island of Hokkaido. According to military sources in South Korea, the missile flew a distance of about 2,300 miles, far enough to reach Guam which is about 2,100 miles from North Korea.

‘Missile launch! Missile launch! A missile appears to have been launched from North Korea. Take cover in a building or underground,’ said the warnings on loudspeakers just before 7:00 AM local time.

The latest missile launch followed Pyongyang’s threat to bomb Japan and reduce the US ‘to ashes and darkness’ in response to the latest UN sanctions which target North Korea’s textile exports and imports of crude oil.

But some Japan officials think their country is not the target of Kim Jong -Un. The latest missile launch was a mere show of force to convince the US that it really has the capability to reach Guam.

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North Korea demosntrated that it can reach Guam with its latest missile launch over Japan. (MailOnline photo)

International leaders quickly condemned the launch. The UN Security Council is set to meet tonight to discus the latest missile launch.

Reference(s):

BBC News, CNN, MailOnline