US Air Force in Japan urges personnel to take cover as North Korea fires missile

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    The US Air Force Misawa Air Base in Japan has urged its personnel to take shelter after North Korea has reportedly launched another ballistic missile off its east coast.

    According to outlets in South Korea, the latest rocket was fired early on Friday morning (November 18) and follows a succession of weapons tests conducted by Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un during recent weeks.

    It is believed this projectile could have been an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) and this test follows reports of another at a similar time yesterday (Thursday, November 17), which the South claimed was aimed towards the Sea of Japan.

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    That alleged missile launch had followed a warning, issued on the same day, from North Korea's foreign minister Choe Son Hue, who had threatened to pursue "fiercer" military responses to apparent US attempts to bolster its security commitments to South Korea and Japan.

    The foreign minister also stated his belief that a recent US-South Korea-Japan summit accord on North Korea would lead to tensions on the Korean Peninsula becoming "more unpredictable".

    Earlier this month, on November 3, North Korea launched ballistic missiles towards Japan, including an intercontinental ballistic missile.

    One long-range and two short-range missiles were launched between 7.30am and 9am local time on that morning, according to Seoul's military.

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    Alerts were issued in Japan urging people to "evacuate inside a building or underground" with Japanese TV broadcasting national alerts.

    Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that those North Korean missile launches were "outrageous and absolutely intolerable" and "absolutely cannot be forgiven".

    South Korea's military added that it was "maintaining a full readiness posture while closely cooperating with the US and strengthening surveillance and vigilance".

    That missile launch came just a day after Pyongyang had fired out a staggering 25 missiles on November 2, with one reported as landing near South Korea's water in what was claimed to be the most missiles the North had ever fired in one day.


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