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North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan, sharply escalating tensions

The Pentagon confirmed the missile flew over Japan but said it did not pose a threat to North Americ

Reuters  |  Tokyo | Seoul 

North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan and landed in waters off the northern region of Hokkaido early on Tuesday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, marking a sharp escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula. The test, which experts said appeared to have been a recently developed intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missile, came as U.S. and South Korean forces conduct annual military drills on the peninsula, against which North Korea strenuously objects. Earlier this month, North Korea threatened to fire missiles into the sea near the U.S. Pacific territory of ...

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First Published: Tue, August 29 2017. 08:14 IST