On Tuesday, North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan, prompting the Japanese government to issue an emergency warning to individuals in northeastern parts of the country.
North Korea launch a missile from its coast, which was promptly reported by South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and the Japanese coast guard.
The projectile is said to have landed in the Pacific Ocean. Residents in northeast Japan were urged to leave their homes and seek shelter in nearby buildings, which was said to be the first of its kind in five years.
No damage or casualties have been reported so far.
“North Korea’s series of actions, including its repeated ballistic missile launches, threatens the peace and security of Japan, the region, and the international community, and poses a serious challenge to the entire international community, including Japan,” Japanese government spokesperson Hirokazu Matsuno said.
This latest development is sure to increase tensions in the region, which are already high due to North Korea’s continued nuclear and missile tests in defiance of international condemnation.
This is the fifth round of weapons tests by North Korea in the past 10 days. The launch comes in response to military drills between South Korea and the United States. North Korea views such drills as an invasion rehearsal.
Residents in northern Japan were warned to take cover in a concrete structure or underground shelter, NHK reported. The government’s J-Alert system blared an emergency warning, telling people in the area to stay indoors.
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