North Korea fired a missile on Friday that flew over Japan’s northern Hokkaido far out into the Pacific Ocean, South Korean and Japanese officials said, further ratcheting up tensions after Pyongyang’s recent test of a powerful nuclear bomb, the South China Morning Post reports. The launch prompted US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to demand that China and Russia take “direct actions” against Pyongyang. “China and Russia must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own,” he said in a statement. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan would “never tolerate” what he called North Korea’s “dangerous provocative action that threatens world peace.” The unidentified ballistic missile reached an altitude of about 770km and flew 3,700km, according to South Korea’s military – far enough to reach the US Pacific territory of Guam.
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