SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on another missile launch by North Korea (all times local):
An emergency response official on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido says business has been usual most of the morning after a North Korean missile flew over the island.
Warning sirens to alert residents blared twice — once immediately after the launch Friday and the second time just after the missile passed above their heads.
Hokkaido prefectural emergency official Shuji Koshida said local trains and subways briefly stopped for safety checks but there was no panicking or traffic jams.
Koshida said there were no reports of debris or damage and business was usual. It occurred while many people were still at home, waking up or getting ready for school or work.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters in Tokyo that the missile was in Japanese space from 7:04 a.m. to 7:06 a.m. before landing in the ocean about 2,200 kilometers (1,200 miles) east.
Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull harshly condemned North Korea’s missile launch as “reckless and dangerous,” and called for even tougher punishments against Pyongyang.
“This is another example of why it is vitally important to continue to tighten those economic sanctions on North Korea,” Turnbull said.
Earlier this week, the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions on North Korea after it carried out its sixth and strongest nuclear test on Sept. 3.
Turnbull told reporters the launch Friday morning, along with “violent outbursts of North Korean propaganda threatening Japan and the United States overnight,” were signs “that the sanctions are working.”
He called for greater global action to deter North Korea from escalating hostilities, noting that China had the greatest economic leverage over Pyongyang.
The possibility of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un starting a war would be a “catastrophe,” he said. “He would be signing a suicide note. That would be the end for his government, and thousands and thousands of people would die.”
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is calling on all nations to take new measures against Kim Jong Un’s regime after North Korea’s latest missile launch.
He said Friday that U.N. Security Council resolutions approved earlier this week “represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take.”
Tillerson’s statement singled out China and Russia, which he said “must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile…