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Japan announces North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile

May 27, 2024

On the evening of May 27, local time, Japanese authorities recorded the launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea, which occurred against the backdrop of Pyongyang's intentions to launch a satellite into orbit.

This was reported by NHK.

Earlier on Monday, the Japanese Ministry of Defense warned of an expected launch of a North Korean ballistic missile. In the evening, local time, the Okinawa prefectural government suspended train traffic.


Meanwhile, an NHK camera captured a bright flash in the sky at about 10:40 p.m.

A few minutes later, the Japanese Prime Minister's Office announced a possible missile launch in the direction of Okinawa Prefecture and told local residents to take cover until further notice.

The Japanese Defense Ministry had previously stated that North Korea had warned Tokyo about the launch of the “satellite” by June 4. It is not yet known whether the current missile launch is related to this warning.

Author - Olena Madiak, 27/05/2024

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