North Korea Missile Launch: North Korea on Friday again launched a ballistic missile that flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido towards the Pacific Ocean. This was reported by the Japanese government through an emergency notification system.
The situation on the Korean peninsula remains extremely tense. In July, the North Korea twice tested ballistic missiles. In turn, the US and its allies are constantly carrying out large-scale naval exercises in the region. The parties exchange tough statements, not excluding any option for the development of the situation, including the military one.
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In connection with the launch of the missile, residents of the northeast of Japan were called upon to take cover in solid buildings and cellars. In addition, they are asked to report to the police about a possible fall in the fragments of the rocket. The launched missile of the DPRK fell approximately 2,000 km east of Cape Erimo on the island of Hokkaido. This was stated on Friday at an emergency press conference by the Secretary General of the Cabinet of Ministers Yoshihide Suga. “The missile flew over the cape of Erimo and fell into the water about 2000 km to the east,” he said.
It is also reported that the launch of the missile did not affect the flights of aircraft. However, railway companies temporarily stopped the movement of high-speed trains in a number of areas in the north and north-east of the country.
According to reports by the South Korean military officials, the launch was carried out from the Pyongyang area. This is the sixth time that North Korea has launched a missile over the territory of Japan.
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According to the Japanese emergency notification system Em-Net, which broadcasts local television, the rocket was launched at 06:57 local time. Seven minutes later she entered the airspace over the territory of Japan and overcame it in two minutes. According to available data, the rocket fell into the water at 07:16 local time.