North Korea fires missile, Japan says

North Korea fired a missile that may have landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone Friday morning, Japanese officials said. 

Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said the missile landed after flying for about 45 minutes, NHK reported. 

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a meeting of Japan’s National Security Council. 

“I have received information that North Korea once again conducted a missile firing,” he said. “We will immediately analyze information and do our utmost to protect the safety of the Japanese people.”

Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis also confirmed the missile launch. 

“We are assessing and will have more information soon,” he said. 

U.S. officials said Tuesday that they anticipated a missile test from the reclusive nation within days, after spotting missile-launching equipment moving into a site in Kusong.

In early July, North Korea said it had conducted its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of deploying a nuclear warhead that could reach the U.S. state of Alaska, according to experts.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

With News Wire Servics

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