On Tuesday, the Japanese government issued an urgent warning to its citizens to take shelter after North Korea allegedly launched a rocket carrying a satellite into orbit. This was Pyongyang’s third attempt this year, and it prompted authorities in Japan to issue a warning to residents in the south of the country. The concern was that if a North Korean missile fell, it could pose a threat to those on the ground.
The South Korean military said they believed that the missile was carrying a spy satellite and had been launched in a southerly direction. North Korea has informed Japanese authorities that it plans to launch the missile between November 22 and December 1, which is causing alarm among officials in both countries.
In addition to issuing warnings to residents, Japanese authorities also informed South Korea’s state maritime safety agency of the danger. Ships sailing in waters near Japan were advised to stay away from any potential launch site until further notice.
As tensions continue to rise between North Korea and its neighbors, many people are worried about what this latest launch could mean for regional stability and security.