North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan for first time since 2017

North Korea launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan for the first time since 2017 on Tuesday, the government said, a dramatic escalation that prompted Tokyo to issue a rare alert for residents to take cover.

Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said the weapon, believed to be a Hwasong-12 IRBM, flew 4,600 kilometers — the longest distance ever traveled by a North Korean missile — traveling for about one minute over Aomori Prefecture before eventually landing in the Pacific Ocean some 3,200 km from Japan.

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