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DPRK's missile launch over Japan causes no damage to ships or aircraft: Japanese gov't

The Japanese government said on Friday morning that a ballistic missile launched from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) had flown over northern Japan and fallen into the Pacific.

The government said the missile landed around 2,000 km east off the cape of Erimo in Hokkaido at around 7:16 a.m. local time (2216 GMT Thursday).

The launch came after the United Nations Security Council voted in favor of a resolution toughening sanctions on the DPRK following its sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3.

Regarding the latest launch, Japan condemned the DPRK's "excessive provocation" in strongest terms, Japan's top government spokesperson Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Friday.

Suga also said that no damage had been reported as a result of the missile which was launched before 7 a.m. local time.

Specifically he said that no potentially dangerous debris had fallen from the missile, confirming that no aircraft or ships in the region have been hit or damaged as a result of the launch and missile's flight.

[Source: Xinhua, Tokyo, 15Sep17]

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