North Korea launched a missile over Japan early Friday towards the East Sea, Yonhap News Agency is reporting.
Japanese residents began receiving text message notifications shortly after urging them to take cover. Warning sirens were also heard throughout the country.
The South Korean military stated that the projectile was fired from a site in Sunan near the North Korean capital. Pyongyang’s previous launch of a missile over Japan last month came from the same site.
“North Korea fired an unidentified missile eastward from the vicinity of Pyongyang this morning,” South Korea’s Joint Chief of Staff (JCS) said.
Japanese media outlet NHK reported that the missile overflew the northern island of Hokkaido, splashing down 2,000km east. Japanese officials also told NHK that no attempts were made to shoot down the missile.
The missile, which was launched at 6:59 a.m. local time, came down into the East Sea 17 minutes later. The projectile reached an altitude of 770km and had a total range of 3,700km.
The launch comes amid growing tensions in the Korean Peninsula following increased U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang for the country’s test of a purported hydrogen bomb.
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This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.