North Korea fires ballistic missile, South Korea, Japan say

Sept. 14 (UPI) — North Korea fired an ballistic missile from its capital city of Pyongyang, South Korean and Japanese officials said Friday.

Reports of the fired missile prompted Japan to warn residents to take shelter, BBC News reported.

“North Korea fired an unidentified missile from near Sunan, Pyongyang, around 6:57 a.m. which flew over Japan to the North Pacific,” the South Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

Japanese news outlet NHK said the missile fell into the Pacific Ocean about 1,242 miles off the cape of Erimo in Hokkaido. A Japanese government spokesperson said no aircraft or ship was hit, and no debris had fallen.

South Korean news agency Yonhap said the missile reached a height of 770 kilometers and distance of about 3,700 kilometers.

This is first missile launch from North Korea since the U.N. Security Council imposed new sanctions on the country.

South Korean officials said it and the United States were evaluating the incident.

This is a developing story.

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