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Kim Jong Un has called for more missile launches targeting the Pacific

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Updated August 29, 2017 07:43 PM EDT

North Korea said Wednesday that leader Kim Jong Un was present for the flight test of an intermediate range missile that flew over Japan.

Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency identified the projectile as a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile. According to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, the missile traveled 1,677 miles and reached a height of 341 miles.

Kim was reportedly very pleased with the launch and called it a "meaningful prelude" to containing Guam, which is a U.S. territory. The North Korean leader, according to The Korean Central News Agency, said he will continue watching "U.S. demeanors" before taking any further action. He has, however, called for more ballistic missile launches into the Pacific.

A North Korean missile flew over Japan Tuesday, according to a statement released by the Pentagon.

The South Korean news agency Yonhap said the missile was launched from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang toward the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan. It is unclear how far the projectile traveled.

Japan previously said it would shoot down any North Korean missiles threatening the country, but did not take any action.

According to a CNBC report, NHK said people in the Tohoku region of Japan were urged to take shelter.

Japan's military has been practicing deploying anti-missile batteries at three U.S. bases in Japan.

The U.S. military said by doing so, the two countries will be able to test their ability to work together and assess firing locations. The U.S. military will also allow Japan to practice rapid deployment of its PAC-3 anti-missile system.

North Korea has conducted a series of test launches in recent weeks to further develop its missile capability. The country has previously warned of a "merciless strike," saying the United States' annual military exercises with South Korea are "reckless behavior driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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