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Japan says North Korean missile may have landed off its coast


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Japan says North Korean missile may have landed off its coast

Japan says a missile from North Korea may have landed in waters off its coast.

A urgent meeting of the Japanese National Security Council has been called after reports that the missile flew for about 45 minutes before landing in waters within Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

The Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said there were no immediate reports of damage.

Suga added that the missile launch was “unacceptable” and in “clear violation of United Nations resolutions”. He said Japan had protested in the strongest possible terms.

A warning has been issued to ships and vessels in the area.

The US has also confirmed that it detected a missile launch.

The reports came only hours after Japan agreed to impose news sanctions against North Korea.