Early Tuesday morning, Japanese residents were awoken to warnings from the government to take cover: “A missile was fired from North Korea. Please evacuate to a sturdy building or basement.”
According to a report by Reuters, the missile was launched just before 6 a.m. local time from near the country’s capital, Pyongyang, and flew over Japan’s Hokkaido Island.
The missile test received criticism from world leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump, who spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, agreeing to put more pressure on North Korea.
Abe told reporters, “North Korea’s reckless action is an unprecedented, serious and a grave threat to our nation.”
In response to the firing of the missile, four South Korean jets destroyed a military firing range after President Moon Jae-in insisted on a demonstration of their military capabilities.
North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun released a statement afterwards: “The U.S. should know that it can neither browbeat the DPRK with any economic sanctions and military threats and blackmail nor make the DPRK flinch from the road chosen by itself.”