16 September 2017

News Story: Japan condemns N. Korea missile as 'excessive provocation'

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese government slammed as "excessive provocation" North Korea's launch on Friday of another ballistic missile across northern Japan into the Pacific Ocean, which set off evacuation alerts over a wide area.

"Japan absolutely cannot tolerate these excessive provocative acts, and we lodged a stern protest with North Korea, condemning it in the strongest possible terms," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, told a press conference.

Suga said the missile was launched at around 6:57 a.m. Japan time from a western coastal area of North Korea, before passing over the northernmost island of Hokkaido between 7:04 and 7:06.

It landed in the Pacific Ocean about 2,000 kilometers east of Cape Erimo on the island at around 7:16, Suga said.

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