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PACOM says North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -

The U.S. Pacific Command says the North Korean missile fired over Japan was an intermediate range missile.
  
The Pacific Command said Friday that the North American Aerospace Defense Command determined the missile did not pose a threat to North America.
  
North Korea previously fired a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile over Japan on Aug. 29 in what it called a "meaningful prelude" to containing Guam and the start of more missile tests targeting the Pacific Ocean.
  
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has denounced North Korea's latest launch, saying he is conveying "strong anger" on behalf of the Japanese people.
  
Suga says the missile flew over Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido and landed about 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) off its eastern coast in the Pacific Ocean.
  
Suga says Japan "will not tolerate the repeated and excessive provocations."

Commander Dave Benham of the U.S. Pacific Command Public Affairs Communication & Outreach released the following statement:

U.S. Pacific Command detected and tracked what we assess was a single North Korean ballistic missile launch at 11:57 a.m. (Hawaii time) Sept. 14. Initial assessment indicates the launch of an intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM). The launch occurred in the vicinity of Sunan, North Korea and flew east. The ballistic missile overflew the territory of northern Japan before landing in the Pacific Ocean east of Japan. We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment and we will provide a public update if warranted.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined this ballistic missile did not pose a threat to North America. U.S. Pacific Command determined this ballistic missile did not pose a threat to Guam. We continue to monitor North Korea's actions closely.

Our commitment to the defense of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of these threats, remains ironclad. We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack or provocation.

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