North Korea launches ballistic missile over Japan, prompting warnings to seek shelter

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North Korea fired a ballistic missile Thursday that landed off the coast of South Korea for the first time, a day after the nuclear-armed North fired at least 23 missiles, according to an alert in Japan.

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Residents in central Japan were warned to take shelter indoors, according to the Japanese government’s broadcast warning system.

The South Korean military also reported a missile launch, which was off the east coast of North Korea.


The Yonhap News Agency reported that the missile went through phase separation, suggesting it may be a long-range weapon.

North Korea fired at least 23 missiles into the sea on Wednesday, one of which landed less than 60 km (40 mi) off the coast of South Korea, in what South Korean President Eun Suk-yol described as a “territorial encroachment”. and condemned by Washington as “reckless”. ,

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(Reporting by Hyonhei Shin; Editing by Chris Reese and Lincoln Feast)


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