North Korea Launches Possible Ballistic Missile, Japan Govt. Says

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The Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo

The government announced at 3:54 a.m. on Thursday that a possible ballistic missile was launched from North Korea. The missile is believed to have flown over the sea between the main island of Okinawa and Miyako Island in Okinawa Prefecture at around 4 a.m. toward the Pacific Ocean.

North Korea had informed the Japan Coast Guard on Tuesday of plans to launch a “satellite rocket” sometime between Thursday and Aug. 31.