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North Korea fires missile over Japan; next target Guam, threatens country's state-run media
In a move that symbolises escalating tensions between North Korea and the rest of the world, North Korea fired a missile over Japan on August 29. North Korea's state-owned media described it as "the first step of the military operation of the (North Korean military) in the Pacific and a meaningful prelude to containing Guam."

The missile which was launched in a way that it lands in the sea triggered panic in Japan as it crossed the country's northern Hokkaido Island.

The world has condemned North Korea for such an action with the UN Security Council terming it "outrageous". The United Nations has also demanded that North Korea must cease all missile testing but North Korea has not even responded to the statements.

In fact, what signals toughening of stand on North Korea's part is that for the first time, the country's official news agency KCNA accepted that the missile was deliberately fired across Japan. The same news channel has termed all previous missile launches as 'satellite launches'. The news channel has also admitted that the launch of this missile across Japan was in response to the military drills that South Korea is doing along with the United States.

"Threatening and destabilising actions only increase the North Korean regime's isolation in the region and among all nations of the world. All options are on the table," the President of the United States Donald Trump said in a statement.

As per a report in BBC, the missile that was launched yesterday travelled around 2,700 km before crashing about 1,180 km off Japan's eastern coast.

North Korea's actions also seem to have stemmed form Donald Trump's recent observations of unleashing "fire and fury" if the country did not give up pursuing its war threats. United Nations has in past imposed severe restrictions on North Korea but they do not seem to have deterred the country from pursuing its nuclear programme.

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