|North Korea fired a ballistic missile which flew longer than any of its previous missiles and landed in the ocean off Japan, according to officials from Japan, South Korea and the United States. Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the missile launched Friday flew for about 45 minutes -- about five minutes longer than the ICBM on July 4 -- and landed west of Japan's island of Hokkaido.|
July 27 is a major national holiday in North Korea called Victory in the Fatherland Liberation War Day.
|Analysts say the "Hwasong 14" ICBM launched by North Korea on July 4 could be capable of reaching most of Alaska or possibly Hawaii if fired in an attacking trajectory.|
It was launched at a very steep angle, a technique called lofting, and reached a height of more than 2,500 kilometres (1,550 miles) before splashing down in the ocean 930 kilometres (580 miles) away.