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World War 3?North Korea fires Missile to Japan

World War 3 fears were sparked when North Korea fired a missile more than 2,300 miles – a distance experts claim puts the US territory of Guam within range of another strike.

Alerts blared out across northern Japan as the missile passed at a height of around 500 miles before crashing into the sea.

US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis said the launch “put millions of Japanese into duck and cover”, although reports suggest the majority of residents in northern Japan appeared calm and went about their business as normal.

Warning announcements about the missile blared around 7am (2200 GMT Thursday) in the town of Kamaishi in northern Japan, footage from national broadcaster NHK showed.

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Citizens were warned that debris could still fall on the island nation.

 

North Korea fire unidentified missile towards the east

The South’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the US military analysed the launch and claim the missile reached an altitude of about 770 km (480 miles) and flew for about 19 minutes over a distance of about 3,700 km (2,300 miles).

Japan did not attempt to shoot down the missile but a siren did go off in some areas where Japanese citizens have been trained in how to take shelter.

The US military claim a single intermediate range ballistic missile (ICBM) was launched and officials reiterated that Washington’s commitments to the defence of its allies remained “ironclad”.

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The UN Security Council is scheduled to meet at 7pm BST today at the request of the US and Japan

source:Express News london

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