North Korea fires missile, S Korea responds with launch

North Korea fires missile, S Korea responds with launch

The international community has slapped sanctions on North Korea due to the repeated missile launches. (Source: KRT via AP Video) The international community has slapped sanctions on North Korea due to the repeated missile launches. (Source: KRT via AP Video)

(RNN) - North Korea launched a missile on Friday that flew over northern Japan, and South Korea responded with a launch of its own. 

The North Korean missile flew over northern Japan, which told its residents to take shelter. The missile was fired from Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. The missile flew about 2,300 miles, and reached an altitude of 480 miles before landing in the Pacific, CNN said. 

South Korea responded, launching a missile into the sea while the North Korean weapon was still in the air, CNN said. South Korea said the missile had the range to hit the site of the North Korean launch.   

The international community this week slapped additional sanctions on the North Korean Kim regime in response to its repeated missile tests.  The United Nations Security Council has set a meeting for Friday on the launch.  

In August, North Korea shot a missile over Japan, which Tokyo called a grave threat to the nation. On Sept. 3, the Kim regime tested a powerful nuclear device that registered on earthquake monitors.  

North Korea has threatened to target Guam, where the U.S. has a naval base, drawing the ire of both President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis.   

The president has said that all options are on the table in dealing with North Korea. But North Korea has a vast number of artillery pieces aimed at the South Korean capital of Seoul, which is well within the range of the weapons.

The U.S. has more than 25,000 troops stationed in South Korea.  

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