North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Thursday, April 13, prompting an alert on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, whose residents were asked to take shelter.
“Get out immediately. Exit Now »A message to the Japanese government ordered residents of Hokkaido to take shelter in buildings or underground, saying the missile should fall at 8 a.m. (1 a.m. in France).
Screaming sirens rang out in cities across Sapporo and the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. However, the Japanese Coast Guard and local authorities in Hokkaido soon announced that there was no danger. “After confirming the information, there is no possibility that the missile will land in Hokkaido or nearby areas.”Hokkaido’s Asahikawa city hall said, citing the national government’s emergency network.
For their part, the Japanese Coast Guard pointed to the fall of the projectile in Japan’s territory “no longer possible”. Japanese public media, NHKHe added that the missile may have already completed its course in the waters of the Sea of Japan outside Japanese territory.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s office issued the warning on Twitter. “North Korea launches what appears to be a ballistic missile”.
North Korea has launched a suspicious missile. More updates to follow.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, citing Seoul’s military, earlier reported that North Korea had fired an undetermined ballistic missile toward the Sea of Japan.
“Irreversible” nuclear power
North Korea has stepped up weapons tests in recent months, raising tensions with Seoul and Washington, which for their part have strengthened their military cooperation and carried out major joint maneuvers in the region.
On Monday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for an increase in his country’s deterrence capabilities to counter. “Intensity of U.S. Imperialists and Traitors’ Manipulations, South Korean Puppets to Launch War of Aggression”According to the official KCNA news agency.
It is noteworthy that since March 23, Pyongyang has conducted three tests of an underwater nuclear attack drone. “To create a massive radiation tsunami”.
The regime also claimed to have launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on March 16.
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In 2022, North Korea declared itself a nuclear power. “irreplaceable”Thus any talks on denuclearization of the country are buried.
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