North Korea fires apparent ballistic missile over Japan, Ministry of Defense says

North Korea appears to have fired a ballistic missile over Japan, the country’s defense ministry said on Monday.

The apparent ballistic missile was launched at 7:22 a.m. local time and flown over Japan at 7:29 a.m., the Japanese Ministry of Defense said.

The South Korean government confirmed that the Japanese government warned citizens to seek shelter. The missile probably flew over Japan, but it’s still unknown if the missile fell into the sea.

Residents in Aomori and Hokkaido prefectures, at the northern end of Japan, have been advised to be on the alert and notify police or fire departments if debris is seen.

People were also warned by officials not to touch or pick up any debris.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s office has started gathering members to analyze the situation.

A government spokesman said no damage has been reported so far and a search for debris is underway. Officials are gathering information and will work in South Korea and the US

“North Korea’s actions threaten Japan and the international community,” the spokesman said. “Missile launches like this are against UN resolutions. In view of this, Japan will launch a strong protest against North Korea. Any new information will be shared immediately.”

ABC News’ Joohee Cho, Guy Davies and Anthony Trotter contributed to this report.

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