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North and South Korea launch missiles as Pyongyang fires 'ICBM' over Japan and into the Pacific and Seoul retaliates with its own test




The Japanese government has issued a warning to its citizens after North Korea fired a missile over the country. It was launched from the Sunan district of Pyongyang, South Korea's military said. The missile flew over Japan, NHK television said, and the government is warning citizens to avoid touching anything that looks like debris. It comes as North Korea threatened to nuke Japan and reduce the US 'to ashes and darkness' in response to the latest sanctions imposed by the UN. 'Japan can never tolerate this repeated provocative action by North Korea,' Tokyo's government spokesman told reporters, adding that the country will make an appropriate response. 'We have strongly protested to the North, telling them the strong anger by the Japanese people and condemn with the strongest words possible.' Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said he believes the latest test was of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). South Korea said its military fired a Hyunmoo-2 ballistic missile into the sea in response to the North's launch. It landed 1,240 miles off the cape of Erimo in Hokkaido island at about 6.57am local time.

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