Members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces have a meeting with workers at Hokkaido Government in Sapporo, northern Japan Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 following North Korea's missile launch. (Masanori Takei/Kyodo News via AP)
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North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan and into the Pacific Friday, responding to new U.N. sanctions with what appeared to be its furthest-ever missile flight amid high tensions over its weapons programs.It was by far its largest to date and Pyongyang said it was a hydrogen bomb small enough to fit onto a missile.The North's last missile launch, a Hwasong-12 IRBM just over two weeks ago, also overflew Japan's main islands and was the first to do so for years.But when Pyongyang tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July that appeared to bring much of the U.S. mainland into range, it fired them on lofted trajectories that avoided passing over the archipelago nation.The missile overflew the U.S. ally for around two minutes, reports said, but there were no immediate indications of objects falling onto Japanese territory.One Hyunmu missile travelled 250 kilometers into the East Sea, Korea's name for the Sea of Japan -- a trajectory intentionally chosen to represent the distance to the launch site at Sunan, near Pyongyang's airport, it added.
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