BRINK OF WW3: North Korean despot Kim Jong-un fires ANOTHER missile towards Japan

NORTH Korea has fired another missile into the Sea of Japan, sparking further fears Kim Jong-un could trigger World War 3.

South Korea’s military said Kim’s regime fired the “unidentified projectile” from Pyongyang towards the sea at 5:57am local time.

The government’s J-Alert warning system advised people in the area to take precautions.

Warnings were issued across Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Niigata and Nagano.

But public broadcaster NHK said there was no sign of damage and the Japanese military did not attempt to shoot down the missile.

It passed over Japanese territory at around 6:06am local time before breaking into three pieces, officials in Tokyo said.

The missile is reported to have fallen into waters 1,180km east of Cape Erimo on the island of Hokkaido.

Japan‘s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday he would do all in his power to protect the Japanese public after the missile test.

As he entered his office for an emergency meeting, Mr Abe told reporters: “We will make utmost efforts to firmly protect the lives of the people.”

And Japan’s chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga described the test as an “unprecedented, grave threat”.

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The missile passed over Japanese territory at 6:06am local time

Kim has sparked fury throughout the world this year by ramping up his missile programme and continuing to threaten the United States.

Donald Trump brought tensions with the North Korea to a new height as he outright threatened “fire and fury” against Pyongyang.

The US President also grew frustrated with China, Kim’s closest ally, for its failure to rein in the despot’s missile tests.

And the latest threat against Japan is likely to anger Mr Trump even further.

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The latest threat against Japan is likely to anger Donald Trump

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson yesterday insisted Washington will continue to seek a peaceful resolution to the North Korea crisis.

He told Fox News: “We do view [the missile tests] as a provocative act against the United States and our allies.

“We’re going to continue our peaceful pressure campaign, working with allies, working with China as well to see if we can bring the regime in Pyongyang to the negotiating table.”

 

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