Japanese Told to Take Shelter as North Korea Launches Missile

Though missile did not ultimately fly over the country
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2022 12:00 AM CDT
Evacuation Warnings Triggered in Japan by North Korean Missile Launch
A TV screen showing a news program reporting about North Korea's missile launch with file footage, is seen at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Evacuation warnings were triggered in Japan amid North Korea's latest round of missile launches. Pyongyang fired at least three ballistic missiles Thursday, the first a presumed long-range missile that triggered warnings in the northern Miyagi, Yamagata and Niigata prefectures urging residents to shelter at home or go underground, Fox News reports. The next two were presumed short-range missiles, CNN reports. The move came a day after North Korea threatened to retaliate against US-South Korea joint military exercises by using nuclear weapons, then launched at least 23 short-range missiles of various types, the most ever fired in one day. (And one of them landed close to South Korea's territorial waters for the first time since Korea divided.)

Of Thursday's launch, Japan said the first missile may have been an intercontinental ballistic missile. It came close enough to the country to trigger the alert, but ultimately splashed down into the sea off Japan's western coast, Bloomberg reports. Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada ultimately confirmed the missile had not flown over Japan. Amid Wednesday's launches, a US State Department spokesperson said, "We are concerned about the potential for further provocations, including and up to a seventh nuclear test. We’ll continue to place an emphasis on trilateral cooperation with our South Korean and Japanese allies together.” (Read more North Korea stories.)

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