A North Korean ballistic missile flew over Japan, which is urging some of its residents to evacuate

A North Korean ballistic missile flew over Japan, which is urging some of its residents to evacuate

A North Korean missile that triggered an evacuation alert flew over northeast Japan on Tuesday before plunging into the Pacific Ocean, the Japanese government said, which reported no casualties or damage.

The missile resulted in a rare activation of the J-Alert system, which appeared on the screens of national broadcaster NHK, urging residents in the north and north-east of the archipelago to seek shelter.

“North Korea fired a ballistic missile eastward at around 7:22 a.m.,” government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters.

“We’re analyzing the details, but the missile flew over Japan’s Tohoku region (northeast) and then fell outside of Japan’s exclusive economic zone in the Pacific.”

He said no damage or injuries were reported from the shooting, which Prime Minister Fumio Kishida described as an “act of violence”.

“We strongly condemn this act,” Kishida added.

The country’s missile warning system was activated at 7:29 am (Monday 2229 GMT).

“North Korea appears to have launched a missile. Please evacuate to building or underground,” read the warning.

Then, about 30 minutes later, the prime minister’s office tweeted that “a projectile that appears to be a North Korean ballistic missile likely passed over Japan.”

In a statement, the Japan Coast Guard said the missile appeared to have already landed at sea and urged ships not to approach fallen objects.

Reference: www.challenges.fr

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