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South Korea says North fires ballistic missile

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SEOUL, South Korea -

9 a.m.

Australia's foreign minister says North Korea firing a missile over Japan appeared to be a bargaining tactic.

Asked by a reporter if the launch was an attempt to improve North Korea's bargaining power or a preparation for war, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said: "I think it is the former."

Bishop added: "We have seen this pattern of behavior by the North Korean regimes over a number of decades. They ramp up the provocative behavior and it gets to a point where they then sit down and negotiate. I would like to think it's the former at this point."

Bishops says whether it was an act of war was a question for Japan to decide.

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7:58 a.m.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that the Japanese government had been "completely" aware of and monitoring the North Korean missile launch Tuesday, noting that it had been prepared to protect people's lives.

He said he will call for an urgent meeting in the U.N. to discuss further action, strongly demanding stepped up pressures against North Korea.

He said Japan will be prepared to "respond to all situations," under the bilateral alliance with the U.S., to protect people's safety.

Japanese officials said there was no damage to ships or anything else reported as the missile flew over Japan and plunged into the northern Pacific. Japan's NHK TV said the missile separated into three parts.

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7:40 a.m.

A former South Korean military official who is now an analyst at Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies said that the early flight data suggests the North Korean missile that flew over Japan Tuesday was likely a Hwasong-12, a new intermediate range missile that the North has recently threatened to fire toward Guam.

The U.S. Defense Department says it is in the process of assessing the launch. Japanese officials said there was no damage to ships or anything else reported. Japan's NHK TV said the missile separated into three parts.

Analyst Kim Dong-yub a said there was also a possibility the missile could have been a midrange Musudan, a missile with a potential 3,500-kilometer (2,180-mile) range that puts much of the Asia-Pacific region within reach, or a Pukguksong-2, a solid-fuel missile that can be fired faster and more secretly than weapons using liquid fuel.

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7:16 a.m.

The U.S. Defense Department is confirming that a North Korean missile flew over Japan.

The South Korean military says a North Korean missile flew 2,700 kilometers (1678 miles) and reached a height of 550 kilometers (341 miles)

The Pentagon says it is still in the process of assessing the launch.

It says the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, determined the missile launch did not pose a threat to North America.

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7:05 a.m.

South Korean officials say North Korea fired an unidentified projectile from its capital Pyongyang that flew over Japan, officials said, an especially aggressive test-flight that will rattle an already anxious region.

Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday said the South Korean and U.S. militaries were analyzing the launch and didn't immediately confirm how far the projectile traveled. Japanese officials said the missile flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido and landed in the Pacific Ocean. There was no damage to ships or anything else reported. Japan's NHK TV said the missile separated into three parts.

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South Korea's military says North Korea fired a ballistic from its capital Pyongyang toward the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday said the South Korean and U.S. militaries were analyzing the launch and didn't immediately confirm how far the projectile traveled and where it landed.

The launch comes days after the North fired what was assessed as three short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and a month after its second flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, which analysts say could reach deep into the  U.S. mainland when perfected.

The North has also threatened to lob some of its missiles toward Guam and expressed anger over the ongoing annual war games between the United States and South Korea.

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