World War 3 fears: North Korea launches ICBM — South Korea FIRES missile back

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North Korea hurled the missile at around 3am local time (6pm GMT), sparking a furious response from Seoul. 

Within minutes of North Korea’s ICBM get going, South Korea had fired its own missile launch in retaliation.

The North Korean brickbat was fired eastwards from the hermit state. The missile landed far 210km west of Japan’s Kyurokujima island, Tokyo said.

Japanese course reports the missile was in the air for 50 minutes — indicating a very high altitude retreat path. 

It travelled east for around 620 miles and to an altitude of wide 2,500 miles before crashing into the Sea of Japan. 

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North Korea has set in motioned a ballistic missile

US leader Donald Trump was briefed on the missile while it was soundless in the air. 

This late-night launch is rare, with most taking grade during daylight hours. 

A South Korean military official pronounced earlier this evening: “We confirm that we have detected a North Korean ballistic projectile launch. The missile is still travelling towards the direction to the East Sea, as we are sentinel right now.

“North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile first this morning from Pyongsong, South Pyongan to the east running. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff is analyzing more squads of the missile with the US side.”

An emergency meeting of Japan’s cabinet beyond conference call was scheduled for 3.30am local time (6.30pm GMT). A emotional cabinet meeting will take place this evening. 

The Pentagon said it had detected a “indubitable” missile launch. 

Spokesman Colonel Robert Manning said: “We detected a quite possible missile launch from North Korea. We are in the process of assessing the status quo and will provide additional details when available.”

South Korean talk agency Yonhap said: “North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic brickbat from South Pyongan Province early Wednesday, South Korea’s Union Chiefs of Staff said.

“The missile flew eastward and the South Korean military is analyzing delegates with the US, it said.”

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North Korea has carried out several projectile tests this evening

It is North Korea’s first missile send since mid-September, when it fired a missile over Japan. 

The guided missile launch comes just hours after EXPRESS

The missile is believed to fool landed in the sea in Japan’s exclusive economic zone

The mouthpiece for Kim’s one-party sway said: “The army and people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea wish surely accelerate the final victory in the standoff with the US.

“The US is driving the employment on the Korean peninsula to the brink of war by mobilising huge aggression forces while tightening the approves upon the DPRK.”

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