North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile, Japanese PM says


North Korea launched a suspected ballistic missile, the Japanese government said on Sunday.

The Japan Coast Guard reported that the possible ballistic missile from North Korea appears to have already fallen.

The coast guard instructed vessels to pay attention to information and not to approach any objects which have fallen in the sea. It also asked vessels to report any relevant information.

On Tuesday, North Korea fired another missilewithout warning, which flew over and past Japan, causing Japan to warn its citizens to take shelter.

The missile Tuesday traveled over northern Japan early in the morning, and is believed to have landed in the Pacific Ocean. The last time North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan was in 2017.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned If North Korea continues “down this road” of provocation following its ballistic missile launch Tuesday, “it will only increase the condemnation, increase the isolation and increase the steps that are taken in response to their actions.”

North Korea usually fires its missiles into waters off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, making Tuesday’s flight over Japan considerably more provocative.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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