Japanese government warns residents to seek shelter as North Korea fires missile
NORTH Korea has fired an unidentified missile over Japan in the latest display of the rogue nation’s military might.
The North fired the “unidentified projectile” from Pyongyang at around 5:57am local time according to the JointChiefs of Staff. The Japanese military did not attempt to shoot down the missile, which passed over Japanese territory 6:06am local time.
South Korean news agency Yonhap said the missile was fired into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan.
Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong, who was conducting a radio interview with ABC when reports emerged of the missile launch, said it was a “highly provocative” and unlawful act by North Korea.
“We all know that the greatest threat to peace and security and stability in our region, and in fact globally, is North Korea,” she said.
“The international community should continue to act as one to make clear to North Korea that its actions are provocative and unlawful.”
Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has been contacted for comment.
North Korea has conducted a series of test launches to develop its missile capability and recently threatened to send missiles over western Japan and into waters near the U.S. territory of Guam.
Japan’s military is practicing deploying anti-missile batteries at three U.S. bases in Japan.
The U.S. military says the drills will test the ability of Japanese and U.S. forces to work together and assess firing locations at the bases. They will also allow Japan to practice rapid deployment of its PAC-3 anti-missile system.