Japan says North Korean missile likely an intermediate range rocket

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Tokyo | Published: August 29, 2017 8:33:11 AM

A North Korean missile fired over northern Japan on Tuesday was likely the same type of intermediate range ballistic missile it fired in May and had threatened to launch at the US Pacific island territory of Guam, Japan's defence minister said.

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A North Korean missile fired over northern Japan on Tuesday was likely the same type of intermediate range ballistic missile it fired in May and had threatened to launch at the US Pacific island territory of Guam, Japan’s defence minister said.

“The missile reached an altitude of 550 kilometres,” Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera told reporters. It broke in three before landing in the Pacific ocean, he said.

In May, North Korea fired a new strategic ballistic missile called the Hwasong-12 towards Japan on a lofted trajectory that reached an altitude of 2,111.5 km (1,312 miles). Fired at a standard trajectory, it would have a range of at least 4,000 km (2,500 miles), experts say.

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