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(2nd LD) N. Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan: S. Korean military

All Headlines 06:56 August 29, 2017

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with NSC meeting, other details)

SEOUL, Aug. 29 (Yonhap) -- North Korea lobbed a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday, South Korea's military said.

The missile was fired from the vicinity of Sunan in Pyongyang at around 5:57 a.m. and flew east, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

"It passed through the sky over Japan," the JCS added.

Japan's broadcaster NHK also reported that the North's missile flew over the nation's territory.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga described it as an "unprecedented grave threat."

South Korea's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae immediately convened a National Security Council (NSC) session to discuss the issue.

The North's provocation came three days after it launched three projectiles that the allies determined were short-range ballistic missiles.

The latest provocation is expected to deal a serious blow to efforts by the South and the United States to restart talks with the communist nation.

On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson publicly said despite the North's move, "We're going to continue our peaceful pressure campaign, as I have described it, working with allies and working with China as well to see if we can bring the regime in Pyongyang to the negotiating table with a view to begin a dialogue on a different future for the Korean Peninsula and for North Korea."

South Korean and the U.S. militaries are carrying out their annual combined drills on the peninsula.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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