North Korea has fired a missile that crossed over Japan, South Korean officials have confirmed. The missile flew over Hokkaido before eventually landing in the ocean.
Hokkaido is the second-largest island in Japan and is the northernmost part of the country.
BREAKING: Yonhap agency says South Korean military confirms North Korean ballistic missile flew over Japan.— The Associated Press (@AP) August 28, 2017
After flying over the island, the missile then broke into three pieces and fell into the ocean off of the coast of Hokkaido.
BREAKING: NORTH KOREA MISSILE BROKE INTO THREE PIECES, FELL INTO WATERS OFF JAPAN'S HOKKAIDO - NHK— Dan Murphy (@dan_murphy) August 28, 2017
The Japanese government had earlier sent out a notification urging people to evacuate to a "sturdy building or basement" after the missile was fired. It was unknown where, if anywhere, the missile was targeting.
This marks the first time North Korea has launched a missile over Japan since the late 1990s.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said this was a "new, serious development" in the conflict with North Korea.
SUGA: MISSILE FLYING OVER JAPAN IS A NEW, SERIOUS DEVELOPMENT— zerohedge (@zerohedge) August 28, 2017