A Japanese public broadcaster, NHK, mistakenly informed that North Korea had launched a missile at the beginning of Friday, which landed in the sea off the northernmost island of Hokkaido.
According to Nikkei, NHK ran a 12.22 pm report on its website and in its news app. Error report, but corrected this error in 20 minutes.
The broadcaster apologized for the mistake and stated that it was intended for “training purposes”.
The original report stated that the rocket landed in the sea about 2,000 km east of Hokkaido.
North Korea sent missiles to the island in 2017 to demonstrate its ability to hit US military targets on the Pacific island of Guam.
Two launches in August and September of the same year have triggered warnings calling on millions of people in northern Japan to shelter in rugged buildings or underground.
Friday’s erroneous online newsletter comes at a time of increased tensions in the Korean Peninsula, as the deadline for the final year in Pyongyang is approaching the US to make concessions to revive suspended talks on nuclear weapons declaration.
US Special Envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun revoked the appeal, but said Washington was ready to continue at any time during negotiations in South Korea earlier this month.
Speculation that the North is preparing to test an intercontinental ballistic missile has grown after its Foreign Ministry recently warned that it would send a “Christmas present” to the US, depending on what concessions Washington was prepared to make.
There is no materialization, no missile test reports of other mode regimes during Christmas Eve.
NHK was forced to apologize in January 2018 after accidentally sending a J-warning that North Korea fired a rocket.
This mistake attracted a reprimand by the Chief Secretary of the Cabinet, Yoshihide Sugu. “Warning J provides extremely important information that affects the security and protection of Japanese citizens. We want NHK to do its utmost to prevent recurrence, ”Suga said.
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