North Korea fires missile over Japan in longest-ever flight

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea has conducted its longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile, sending an intermediate-range weapon hurtling over U.S. ally Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean in a launch that is both defiant and a big technological advance.

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said September 15, 2017 that, "North Korea fired an unidentified projectile this morning toward the east from the Sunan area in North Korea."

The growing frequency, power and confidence displayed by the North's recent tests seem to confirm what governments and outside experts have long feared: North Korea is closer than ever to its goal of building a military arsenal that can viably target both U.S. troops in Asia and the U.S. homeland.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile launched Friday traveled 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) and reached a height of 770 kilometers (478 miles). Guam, a hub of important U.S. military assets, is 3,400 kilometers (2,112 miles) from North Korea.

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