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North Korea fires ANOTHER ballistic missile sparking urgent evacuation order in Japan

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NORTH Korea has fired yet another ballistic missile off its east coast, according to South Korea’s military.
Japan issued a J-Alert instructing residents in Miyagi, Yamagata, and Niigata prefectures to take shelter.
A man watches a North Korean rocket test in November3A man watches a North Korean rocket test in NovemberCredit: AFPNorth Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has been carrying out a flurry of rocket launches in recent weeks3North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has been carrying out a flurry of rocket launches in recent weeksCredit: AFPThe Yonhap news agency reported the missile went through stage separation, suggesting it may be a long-range weapon.
The missile is said to have flown over and past Japanese territory, according to the Japanese government’s emergency broadcasting system.
Reports suggest the rocket fell into the Pacific Ocean around 683 miles east of Japan.
It is the second test flight over the country in a month in a record year of missile testing by the nuclear-armed North.
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Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff didn’t immediately confirm what type of missile was fired Thursday or how far the weapon flew.
The launch came a day after North Korea fired at least 23 missiles, the most it has fired in a single day ever.
One of those missile flew in the direction of a populated South Korean island and landed near the rivals’ tense sea border, triggering air raid sirens and forcing residents in Ulleung island to evacuate.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol described it as “territorial encroachment” and Washington denounced it as “reckless”.

That was the first time a ballistic missile had landed near the South’s waters since the peninsula was divided in 1945.
Yoon’s office vowed a “swift and firm response” and said Pyongyang would “pay the price for provocation”.
South Korea quickly responded by launching its own missiles in the same border area.
Wednesday’s launches came hours after North Korea threatened to use nuclear weapons to get the US and South Korea to pay the most horrible price in history in protest of ongoing South Korean-US military drills that it views as a rehearsal for a potential invasion.
The North also fired more than 100 rounds of artillery from its east coast into a military buffer zone established in a military agreement with the South, South Korea’s military said.
The huge volley of launches were “provocations against South Korea,” said Go Myong-hyun, a researcher at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if they lead up to a nuclear test,” he added.
It follows a recent blitz of launches, including what the North said were tactical nuclear drills.
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Washington and Seoul have repeatedly warned the launches could culminate in another nuclear test — which would be Pyongyang’s seventh.
Tensions have risen sharply on the Korean Peninsula as North Korea’s recent barrage of missile tests prompted South Korea, the US and Japan to conduct joint drills in response.
A woman watches the news at a station in Seoul, South Korea about North Korea's rocket launches3A woman watches the news at a station in Seoul, South Korea about North Korea’s rocket launchesCredit: EPA
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