North Korea’s threat to attack the US Pacific territory of Guam was not a bluff, according to a Russian lawmaker. Speaking after Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan, the lawmaker also claimed that the sanctions on the pariah state have failed.

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A Russian lawmaker commented on the latest North Korean missile test Tuesday morning. “The recent test shows that the threat to target Guam was not a bluff,” he said.

Defense experts explained this morning that the projectile launched by the pariah state appears to be a new kind of Hwasong-12 missile. The intermediate-range missile flew for about 2,700 kilometers before blowing up.

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The Russian official added that the UN sanctions against North Korea’s missile program have failed. According to him, the sanctions did not work “because of the situation that has become a head-on confrontation between North Korea and the United States.”

As reported previously by JerusalemOnline, North Korea launched a missile that flew over Japan early Tuesday morning. This was the first time since 1998 that a North Korean missile has successfully flown over Japanese territory. The projectile landed in the Pacific Ocean after it blew up into three pieces.

Japan’s government is claiming that the missile passed over the Hokkaido island. While a safety warning urging the residents of the island to find shelter was issued, the Japanese military did not attempt to shoot down the missile.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proclaimed that he will do everything in his power to protect his country. “The irresponsible action by North Korea is unprecedented, serious and constitutes a grave threat to our country,” Abe added.