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North Korea has launched what is potentially a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, according to the Japanese Prime Minister's Office and the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.
This comes just three weeks after Kim Jong-un's rogue nation launched the new Hwansong-8 – a hypersonic ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads – into the same sea.
South Korean officials initially said today's was an "unidentified projectile".
The Japan Coast Guard has released a statement warning vessels at sea.
It reads: "A potential ballistic missile was launched from North Korea.
"Vessels should pay attention to future information, and if they find a fallen object, do not approach them and report the relevant information to the Japan Coast Guard."
The PM's office have posted on Twitter: "We will inform you as soon as a follow-up report is available."
It is not yet clear whether the object has landed in Japan's territorial waters.
According to Yonhap News Agency, a South Korean outlet, the South Korean President's Office is going to hold a national security meeting in response to the launch.
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