October 03, 2022 23:03 GMT
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A possible ballistic missile launched from North Korea is believed to have passed over Japan and landed in the Pacific Ocean, Japan's state broadcaster NHK reports.
- Japan's government says that "around 7:22am [Tokyo time] North Korea appeared to have fired a missile," which activated the J-Alert early warning system. The authorities asked residents of Hokkaido, Aomori and some less populated parts of Tokyo to seek shelter inside buildings or hide underground. The alert has now been cancelled.
- It was the first time since 2017 that the government sent out a warning message about a North Korean missile launch via the J-Alert system. At that time, the North Korean projectile also flew overhead and landed in the Pacific Ocean.
- Japan's government has convened an emergency meeting at the Prime Minister's Office's Crisis Management Centre and is gathering information about the missile test. Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno will hold a briefing on the matter at around 08:10am JST/00:10 BST.
- It is North Korea's fifth ballistic missile drill in just 10 days, with Pyongyang seemingly testing different configurations of missile type, flight altitude, distance or speed in the latest barrage of launches.