Kim calls for more missile launches in Pacific

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea firing a missile over Japan (all times local):

8:15 a.m.

North Korea’s state media says leader Kim Jong Un has called for more ballistic missile launches into the Pacific a day after it flew a missile designed to carry a nuclear payload over Japan.

The Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday that Kim expressed great satisfaction with the launch, calling it a “meaningful prelude” to containing Guam, the U.S. Pacific territory and military hub.

The agency says Kim said the country needs to conduct more ballistic missile tests to the Pacific to advance the capabilities of its strategic force.

The agency says the missile the North fired Tuesday was the Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile it recently threatened to fire toward Guam.

7:15 a.m.

North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un was present for a flight test of an intermediate range missile that flew over Japan.

Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday that the missile fired over Japan on Tuesday was the Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile that the North recently threatened to fire into waters near Guam.

The agency says Kim expressed great satisfaction over what the North described as a successful testing and that the North will continue to watch “U.S. demeanors” before it decides on its future actions.

6:20 a.m.

The U.N. Security Council is holding an emergency meeting to discuss how to respond to North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile over Japan that came less than a month after the council imposed its toughest-yet sanctions on Pyongyang.

Before the closed-door discussion Tuesday evening at U.N. headquarters, ambassadors from several countries said they hoped the council would generate a unified reaction to the missile test and weigh what next steps to take.

Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho said Japan feels a need to put more pressure on North Korea but would discuss how to do it.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said “something serious has to happen”…

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