A ballistic missile is launched by North Korea over Japan.

A ballistic missile was launched by North Korea over Japan

South Korea’s SEOUL According to its neighbors, North Korea conducted an intermediate-range ballistic missile launch over Japan on Tuesday, stepping up its testing of weaponry intended to attack strategic locations in nearby U.S. allies.

Since firing the Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missile in January, which was capable of reaching the U.S. island of Guam, it has been a while since North Korea has conducted a big missile test. Additionally, it is the first occasion since 2017 that a North Korean missile has traveled over Japan.

According to the Japanese prime minister’s office, at least one missile fired from North Korea was thought to have fallen in the Pacific Ocean after flying over Japan.

The first “J-alert” since 2017, Japanese authorities advised inhabitants in the northeastern regions to seek shelter in neighboring buildings. In Japan’s Hokkaido and Aomori regions, trains were briefly put on hold until regular operations were restored in response to a government alert that the North Korean missile appeared to have landed into the Pacific.

The firing, which came after a recent string of launches by North Korea, is a reckless conduct, and I strongly condemn it, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters. He declared that he will call a meeting of the National Security Council to consider the issue.