North Korea fired its second missile over Japan in as many months, a fresh provocation that comes shortly after the United Nations approved harsher sanctions against Kim Jong Un’s regime.
Japan didn’t attempt to shoot down the missile, which was launched at 6:57 a.m. on Friday and flew over the northern island of Hokkaido before landing 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) away in the Pacific Ocean, according to Japanese broadcaster NHK. An initial assessment indicated that it was an intermediate range ballistic missile, U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement.
“These continued provocations against our country by North Korea can absolutely not be tolerated,” Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s government spokesman, told reporters. Japan’s benchmark Topix index was little changed in early Tokyo trading.
North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3, and has launched more than a dozen missiles this year as Kim seeks the capability to hit the continental U.S. with an atomic weapon. President Donald Trump has said all options — including military — are on the table to stop North Korea from threatening the U.S.
Trump was briefed on Friday’s missile launch, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. In remarks at a White House dinner on Thursday night, he didn’t mention North Korea.
The UN Security Council plans to convene on Friday in New York, Yonhap News reported. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was en route to Japan from India at the time of the launch on Friday, and didn’t speak to reporters immediately after landing.
Suga told reporters that the situation was similar to that when a…