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North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan, residents in Japan told to shelter

New Delhi: On Thursday, North Korea fired two short-range and one long range ballistic missiles, Seoul's military said, warning residents of a South Korean island and people seeking refuge in parts of northern Japan.The launch came a day after North Korea fired at least 23 missiles, the most in a single day, including one that landed off South Korea's coast for the first time.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Thursday, North Korea fired two short-range and one long range ballistic missiles, Seoul’s military said, warning residents of a South Korean island and people seeking refuge in parts of northern Japan.The launch came a day after North Korea fired at least 23 missiles, the most in a single day, including one that landed off South Korea’s coast for the first time.

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Residents in central Japan were warned to shelter indoors, according to the Japanese government’s broadcast warning system. The warning said a missile had flown over and past Japan. Japan’s Ministry of Defense later said the missile did not fly over Japanese territory.

South Korea’s military also reported the missile launch, which was over North Korea’s east coast. About 25 minutes after the launch was first reported, Japan’s Coast Guard said the missile had fallen. It landed in the Pacific Ocean — 1,100 kilometers (680 miles) east of Japan, broadcaster FNN reported, citing government sources.

The Yonhap news agency reported the missile went through stage seperation, suggesting it may be a long-range weapon. About an hour after the first launch, South Korea’s military and the Japanese coast guard reported a second launch from North Korea. Japan’s coast guard then reported a third possible launch.

North Korea fired at least 23 missiles into the sea on Wednesday, including one that landed less than 60 km (40 miles) off South Korea’s coast, which South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol described as “territorial encroachment” and Washington denounced as “reckless”. South Korea issued rare air raid warnings and launched its own missiles in response after Wednesday’s barrage.

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The launches came after Pyongyang demanded the United States and South Korea stop large-scale military exercises, saying such “military rashness and provocation can no longer be tolerated”. The allies have been conducting one of the largest air exercises ever, with hundreds of South Korean and U.S. warplanes, including F-35 fighters, staging around-the-clock simulated missions.

That was the first time a ballistic missile had landed near the South’s waters since the peninsula was divided in 1945, and the most missiles fired by the North in a single day. South Korea issued rare air raid warnings and launched its own missiles in response. On October 4, North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan for the first time in five years, prompted a warning for residents there to take cover. It was the farthest North Korea had ever fired a missile.

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