Is North Korea going to be the world’s nemesis?

Despite warnings and sanctions by United Nations, the isolated country continues to plunge ahead with its nuclear weapon programme.

Barley a fortnight after it launched its most powerful nuclear bomb, the country fired another missile early Friday.

The missile flew over Japan’s northern Hokkaido far out into the Pacific Ocean.

The missile flew over Japan and landed in the Pacific about 2,000 km (1,240 miles) east of Hokkaido, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

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Warning announcements about the missile blared around 7 a.m. (2200 GMT Thursday) in parts of northern Japan, while many residents received alerts on their mobile phones or saw warnings on TV telling them to seek refuge.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said the launch “put millions of Japanese into duck and cover”, although residents in northern Japan appeared calm and went about their business as normal after the second such launch in less than a month.

The missile reached an altitude of about 770 km (480 miles) and flew for about 19 minutes over a distance of about 3,700 km (2,300 miles), according to South Korea’s military - far enough to reach the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

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