North Korea launches ballistic missile over northern Japan in latest weapons test

North Korea launched a ballistic missile over northern Japan and the Pacific Ocean in the latest weapons test by Kim Jong-un’s increasingly aggressive regime.

Japanese officials say residents of the northeast regions have been ordered to evacuate buildings for the first time since 2017.

Trains were temporarily suspended in Japan’s Hokkaido and Aomori regions, but were later resumed when authorities tracked the missile across the Pacific.

No details have yet been given on the type of missile fired or how far and high it flew during the test on Tuesday morning local time.

“North Korea’s series of actions, including its repeated launches of ballistic missiles, threatens the peace and security of Japan, the region and the international community, and poses a serious challenge to the entire international community, including Japan,” said Japanese government spokesman Hirokazu. Matsuno, said at a brief press conference.

The missile launch is the fifth such test by North Korea in the last 10 days following military exercises held between South Korea and the United States.

All four of the previously fired missiles are capable of hitting targets in neighboring South Korea, but fell into waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula.

The most recent test came just days after US Vice President Kamala Harris visited the DMZ, the heavily fortified area that divides the peninsula and separates North and South Korea.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

By Peter Kavinsky

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