North Korea fires missile over Japan into sea

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North Korea has reportedly fired a missile over Japan.

The Japanese government confirmed that Pyongyang had fired the unidentified projectile from an area near its capital early on Tuesday local time.

According to Japan, the missile passed over the northern part of the country before breaking into three pieces and falling into water off the coast of north-east island Hokkaido.

The government’s alert system warned people in the area to take precautions, but public broadcaster NHK said there was no sign of any damage.

Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, said he would do everything in his power to protect the public after the missile, which passed over the east Asian country at 6.06am local time – 10.06pm in the UK.

The country’s military did not try and shoot down the missile. South Korea’s military also confirmed the missile firing.

It comes after growing tensions in recent months, with Pyongyang last week firing missiles into the sea.

Two of the short-range ballistic missiles, which were fired from a site in Gangwon, flew about 155 miles, officials in South Korea said.

In July the North successfully flight tested a pair of intercontinental ballistic missiles that analysts say could reach deep into the US mainland when perfected.

US President Donald Trump has previously warned that he would unleash “fire and fury” if the North continued its threats.

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