The South Korean military announced at dawn on Tuesday that North Korea had launched an “unspecified” ballistic missile, in a new episode of the series of tests conducted by Pyongyang.
“North Korea launched an unspecified ballistic missile towards the east,” the chief of staff in Seoul said, without giving further details.
The Japanese Coast Guard also confirmed the North Korean missile test.
The Japanese authorities issued a warning to residents of two northern regions of the country, urging them to take shelter after the missile launch.
“North Korea apparently fired a missile. Please take cover inside buildings or underground,” the government said in a statement.
Japan’s national television and radio broadcaster, NHK, said that those concerned with the warning were residents of two regions in the north of the country.
This is the fifth launch by Pyongyang in 10 days, with the United States and South Korea flexing their military muscle.
These developments come at a time when Seoul is intensifying its joint military exercises with Washington.