Residents in Japan are warned to take cover after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over northern Hokkaido island into the sea, provoking a sharp reaction from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Samantha Vadas reports.
Hokkaido residents woke up on Tuesday (August 29) to a warning to take cover after North Korea fired a missile with the potential to hit the northern Japanese island. It's the first time the government's J-Alert system has been activated on the Island. The test is one of Pyongyang's most provocative ever and has prompted a sharp reaction from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who's called the move an 'unprecedented and grave threat to his nation'. In a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump, the two leaders agreed to up the pressure on Pyongyang while calling for an emergency meeting of the United Nation Security Council. The missile came just hours before a planned military drill in Tokyo where Japanese forces tested the anti-ballistic missile system PAC-3. Japan's military made no attempt to shoot down the missile which South Korea says flew more than 1,600 miles before breaking into three pieces and crashing into the sea.