North Korea causes panic with missile launch over Japan

North Korea causes panic with missile launch over Japan

The projectile flew over the island of Hokkaido (Stock photo)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

North Korea has carried out one of its most daring and provocative missile tests to date.

The regime in Pyongyang fired a missile which flew directly over a part of Japan on Tuesday morning, prompting the government in Tokyo to issue a warning for residents to take cover.

The missile flew a total of 1,700 miles, directly over the island of Hokkaido, before landing harmlessly in the ocean. 

Japanese TV programmes were interrupted by a special news bulletin which alerted residents to the projectile, and several lines for the bullet train were halted. 

The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, condemned the missile test, calling it a "reckless action" which represented a "grave threat."

He said he had spoken to US President Donald Trump, and stressed that the two countries remain united in tightening pressure on North Korea. 

Trump has not yet issued a personal response to the regime's latest action.