by Sharon Rondeau

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(Sep. 14, 2017) — For the second time in 18 days, the communist country of North Korea fired a missile which sailed over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido on Friday morning, according to multiple reports citing South Korean military and Japanese officials.

A U.S. government “official” confirmed the launch, Fox News reported.  The launch took place from the airport at Pyongyang, the nation’s capital.

On August 29, North Korea launched a missile which similarly traveled over northern Japan and broke apart in the Sea of Japan.

CNN reported that the North Korean regime, led by Kim Jong-Un, threatened to “sink” Japan before launching Friday’s missile.  It had previously promised to launch additional missiles over Japan.

On September 3, North Korea conducted what is believed to have been a nuclear test.  The next day, the United Nations Security Council met in an emergency session to discuss “options” in dealing with North Korea going forward.

Fox Business reported that the newest missile traveled 2,300 miles before landing in the Pacific Ocean.

The North Korean regime previously threatened to attack the U.S. territory of Guam, which President Donald Trump said would be “met with fire and fury.”

Along with Friday’s provocative action, Jong-Un promised to “reduce the United States to ‘ashes and darkness'” in retribution for voting on Monday to enact further economic sanctions on the hermit nation, along with the 14 other members of the Security Council.

The U.S. State Department issued the following statement in response to North Korea’s latest aggression:

North Korea’s provocative missile launch represents the second time the people of Japan, a treaty ally of the United States, have been directly threatened in recent weeks.

These continued provocations only deepen North Korea’s diplomatic and economic isolation.

United Nations Security Council resolutions, including the most recent unanimous sanctions resolution, represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take. We call on all nations to take new measures against the Kim regime.

China supplies North Korea with most of its oil. Russia is the largest employer of North Korean forced labor.

China and Russia must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own.






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