North Korea “may have fired” a ballistic missile, the Japanese Coast Guard said early on Thursday, local time, urging ships against “coming close to falling objects” and asking for any information about the suspected rocket.
“It may have been a ballistic missile. It has not fallen within Japanese territory and is not believed to have come down within Japan’s exclusive economic zone,” a Japanese defense ministry spokesman told reporters.
South Korean news agency Yonhap also reported that an “unidentified projectile” was launched into the “East Sea,” as the Koreans call the body of water between the peninsula and Japan.
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