North Korea has fired a missile over Japan for the first time since 2009, a
startling act of defiance against the US and its allies that Japan’s Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe immediately branded “unprecedented, serious and important”.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the ballistic missile travelled
around 2,700km and reached a maximum height of 550km as it flew over the
northern Japanese island of Hokkaido around 5.06am Tuesday Hong Kong time.