North Korea fires missile over Japan; Some residents warned against seeking shelter

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday, its neighbors said, escalating weapons tests intended to hit key targets at regional U.S. allies amid stalled nuclear diplomacy.

The Japanese prime minister’s office said at least one missile launched by North Korea flew over Japan and is believed to have landed in the Pacific Ocean.

It said authorities had urged residents in the north-eastern regions to evacuate nearby buildings in what was reportedly the first such warning in five years.

Trains were temporarily suspended in Japan’s Hokkaido and Aomori regions before later resuming operations after a government announcement announced that the North Korean missile appeared to have landed in the Pacific.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno, center, arrives at the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. South Korea says North Korea fired a ballistic missile at its eastern waters. (Kyodo News via AP)

South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff said they also spotted the launch of a ballistic missile fired at the North’s eastern waters. There were no other details, such as how far the gun flew.

The launch marks the fifth round of weapons tests by North Koreans in the past 10 days in what appears to be a response to military exercises between South Korea and the United States. North Korea regards such drills as an invasion rehearsal,

The missiles fired during the last four launch rounds were short-range and fell in the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. These missiles can hit targets in South Korea. North Korea fires missile over Japan; Some residents warned against seeking shelter

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