NKorea fires suspected long-range missile designed to hit US

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and Japan say North Korea fired a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile that landed near Japan’s territorial waters. It was the second such major weapons test this month that shows North Korea’s determination to perfect weapons targeting the U.S. North Korea has hasn’t faced fresh U.N. sanctions this year though it has conducted dozens of launches banned by Security Council resolutions. China and Russia oppose new U.N. sanctions. The South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said it detected the launch from North Korea’s capital region and the weapon flew toward the North’s eastern coast across the country. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the missile was believed to have landed at sea inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone west of Hokkaido.