Reports surfaced later Monday afternoon that North Korea had conducted yet another missile launch. This time, the missile seemed aimed directly at the northern regions of Japan.
According to The Washington Post, the missile flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
Reports came from South Korean news agency Yonhap saying that “Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile which flew through Japan's airspace,” according to CNBC.
CNBC also reports that NHK, a Japanese broadcaster, has issued a warning to locals to take shelter inside solid buildings or underground.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, according to The Telegraph, said that he would take precautions to keep his people safe.
“We will make utmost efforts to firmly protect the lives of the people,” Abe said as he entered his office for an emergency briefing on the situation.
The missile is suspected to have landed somewhere in the Sea of Japan.
This most recent missile launch comes just days after North Korean leader Kin Jong Un conducted a test missile launch of three short-range missiles on Friday, all of which were deemed successful.
Earlier this month, President Donald Trump said that North Korea would see “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if they continued to provoke the U.S.