The Japanese government has issued an emergency warning (PIcture: AP)
North Korea appears to have fired a missile at Japan.
The Japanese government issued an emergency warning on Tuesday for residents in the south to take cover from the possible threat of a North Korean missile.
Japan said over its J-Alert broadcasting system that North Korea appeared to have fired a missile, sending out the warning to residents in the southern prefecture of Okinawa.
North Korea had earlier in the day notified Japan that it plans to launch a satellite, in what Tokyo and Seoul said could be a third attempt to put a spy satellite into orbit in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.
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