National Security Council convened: North Korea fires ballistic missile at Japan, media

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The National Security Council was convened: North Korea launched a ballistic missile towards Japan, media

Journalists write that the rocket flew over Japan. The government said North Korea has launched an intercontinental missile that can travel 3,000 kilometers.

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North Korea has launched a ballistic missile from its east coast towards Japan. This prompted Tokyo to issue a warning urging residents to take shelter for the first time since 2017, according to the Japan Times.

It is noted that an air raid alert was issued on the islands of Izu, Hokkaid, and also in Aomori Prefecture.

The article says that the Japanese Ministry of Defense later stated that the missile, as previously assumed, fell in the Pacific Ocean, flying over the country.

Journalists reported, citing sources in the Japanese government, that this, judging by all around, it was an intercontinental ballistic missile. At a hastily organized press conference, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno stated that the ballistic missile had flown over the Tohoku region and was believed to have landed at 7:44 a.m. (local time) in the Pacific Ocean outside of Japan's economic zone, which extends 370 kilometers from shore.

There have been no reports of damage from ships or aircraft passing by nearby, according to Matsuno.

The launch is reported to be North Korea's fifth in a week.

In addition, according to the publication, the South Korean military also confirmed the launch of at least one ballistic missile from the coast of the DPRK.

We also recall that an aircraft carrier arrived in South Korea to demonstrate force. The Americans took part in large-scale military exercises.