SEOUL― North Korea fired a ballistic missile today that flew over Japanese territory, according to alerts in Japan, a day after the nuclear-armed North fired at least 23 missiles, including one that landed off South Korea’s coast for the first time.
Residents in central Japan were warned to shelter indoors, according to the Japanese government’s broadcast warning system.
South Korea’s military also reported the missile launch, which was over North Korea’s east coast.
The Yonhap news agency reported the missile went through stage separation, suggesting it may be a long-range weapon.
North Korea fired at least 23 missiles into the sea yesterday, including one that landed less than 60km (40 miles) off South Korea’s coast, which South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol described as “territorial encroachment” and Washington denounced as “reckless”.
That was the first time a ballistic missile had landed near the South’s waters since the peninsula was divided in 1945, and the most missiles fired by the North in a single day. South Korea issued rare air raid warnings and launched its own missiles in response. ― Reuters