Japanese coasts take precautions for Korean missile

Japan warns residents to take refuge after North Korea fires missile

ivan rodriguez gelfenstein

Japan has issued a warning to residents of two northern provinces to seek refuge after North Korea fired a missile, the latest in a series of test launches in Pyongyang.

According to Japan's Defense Ministry, the missile passed over Japan in the Pacific Ocean at 7:29 a.m. on Tuesday in that region and landed in the ocean 17 minutes later.

According to the New York Times, the government has asked residents of Aomori and Hokkaido prefectures, as well as several islands near Tokyo, to take refuge following the missile's trajectory.

This follows US Vice President Kamala Harris' visit to the demilitarized zone dividing the Koreas on September 29.

Meanwhile, Tuesday's alert sounded across Japan. However, the missile is believed to have crossed the Pacific Ocean and did not reach mainland Japan.

Later, the Japanese prime minister's office tweeted: "The aforementioned missile is believed to have crossed the Pacific Ocean around 7:29 a.m. The office warned residents to take extra precautions in light of the incident."

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