Interim-range ballistic missile fired by North Korea flew over Japan

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Interim-range ballistic missile fired by North Korea flew over Japan

An intermediate-range ballistic missile fired by North Korea flew over Japan on Tuesday for the first time in half a decade, the Japanese prime minister s office said.

What Happened: Hirokazu Matsuno, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary, confirmed that the missile flew for 22 minutes and landed in the waters outside the country's exclusive economic zone, and no damage was immediately reported.

The firing, which followed a series of launches by North Korea, is a reckless act, and I strongly condemn it. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made a statement.

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Kishida said he would convene the National Security Council to discuss the situation.

The missile launch by Kim Jong Un forced Japan to issue evacuation notices and suspend trains until another notice that the missile appeared to have landed in the Pacific waters.

South Korea's president Yoon Suk Yeol dubbed it reckless nuclear provocations and said North Korea would face a stern response from the South and the international community. The range of the missile is 4,000 kilometers 2,485 miles, which puts Guam within striking distance.

Kim has tested-fired about 40 missiles at over 20 different launches this year.

Meanwhile, the letters exchanged between Donald Trump and Kim revealed that the North Korean leader expressed his willingness to discuss his country's denuclearization with the former U.S. president while sidelining South Korean president Moon Jae In.

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