South Korea’s military said the Pyongyang fired the “unidentified projectile” from towards the sea at around 5:57 am local time.
The Japanese government has warned that a North Korean missile is headed toward the Tohoku region at the northern end of the country, according to Japanese broadcaster NHK.
NHK said that the government has urged people in Tohoku to take refuge in solid buildings or underground shelters.
TOKYO: Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan speaking to reporters in Tokyo after the missile launch, said the missile appears to have passed over Japan airspace, landing in the sea and that Japanese investigators will urgently collect intelligence on the incident and do everything to ensure the safety of its citizens, according to reports broadcast on NHK, Japan’s largest broadcasting organization.
Japan and South Korea governments are now holding an emergency national security council meeting in the aftermath of the North Korea missile which went over Japan.
Several missiles were fired by North Korea, NHK cites Japan’s government as saying.
Missile likely landed off eastern coast of Hokkaido, NHK says.
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