North Korea fired a ballistic missile early today from Pyongyang. The missile flew over Japan before plunging into the Pacific Ocean, officials said. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile traveled roughly 1,677 miles and reached a maximum height of 341 miles as it flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
The missile, which appears to be the first to cross over Japan since 2009, has rattled the region and likely will cause harsh rhetoric to reverberate through international circles. But the calls for change and action could fall on deaf ears as world powers continue to try to figure out North Korea’s dangerous endgame.
“This won’t change anything. North Korea will continue to show off and show that it has diversified missile capabilities,” said Sung-Yoon Lee, a professor of Korean studies at Tufts University’s Fletcher School.
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