Crew on board a Cathay Pacific plane flying over Japan have reported a sighting of last week's North Korean missile test, the airline said.
Julian Bray Broadcaster and Aviation Expert speaking on BBC World on Monday says: "North Korea with this latest development is doing far more than just sabre rattling, urgent consultation and compromise, needs to be established before both sides pre-empt any possible attack, real or imaginary..."
The airline said that no conflict zone measures were being introduced and that no flight routes were being re-routed. On November 29th the North Koreans tested what they term a new intercontinental ballistic missile with a much improved range, meaning that it would be possible to target Hawaii and possibly the USA mainland. The North Koreans maintain they can now target anywhere in the USA.
Pyongyang claims this is its "most powerful" missile, the end of November launch ended when the burnt out shell fell back into Japanese waters, but sources claim the missile flew much higher than any other the North had previously tested.
The North has repeatedly condemned the exercise, suggesting over the weekend, the US was "begging for nuclear war" and that it would "seriously consider" counter-measures to the exercises.....
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