North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday, prompting a warning for residents to take cover and temporarily suspending train services in northern Japan.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff and Japan’s coast guard reported a missile test that was launched off the east coast of North Korea.
The Japanese government warned citizens to take cover as the missile appeared to fly over and past the area before falling into the Pacific Ocean.
But he said he did not use any defensive measures to destroy the missile. Asahi TV, citing an unnamed government source, said North Korea may have launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that fell into the sea about 3,000 km from Japan.
The latest launch was Pyongyang’s fifth in 10 days amid military action by the United States and South Korea, which last week held trilateral anti-submarine warfare exercises with the Japanese navy.
South Korea staged its own display of advanced weapons on Saturday to mark its Armed Forces Day, including multiple rocket launchers, ballistic missiles, main battle tanks, drones and F-35 fighter jets.
The test prompted East Japan Railway Co to suspend train operations in northern regions, Japan’s NHK broadcaster reported.
South Korean lawmakers said last week that North Korea had completed preparations for a nuclear test possibly planned between the Chinese Communist Party congress this month and the US midterm elections in November.