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Japan coastguard says it detected North Korean ballistic missile launch

Key Points
  • Japan's coastguard said it had detected ballistic missile launches from North Korea and warned shipping to stay to stay clear of any debris.
  • The launch comes a week after another round of missile tests.
North Korean leader Kim Jung-un inspects Galido outpost and Jangjedo defending force located in the far south of Southwest sea in North Korea in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang November 13, 2016.
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Japan's coastguard said it had detected ballistic missile launches from North Korea and warned shipping to stay to stay clear of any debris. The launch comes a week after another round of missile tests.

The Japanese Defense ministry confirmed to NBC that a projectile appears to have been launched from North Korea, but it has not reached Japanese territory or the Exclusive Economic Zone.

Yonyap news agency, citing South Korean military, reported North Korea fired two projectiles into the sea off its east coast.

South Korea's joint chiefs of staff said North Korea fired them from around Sondok, South Hamgyong Province, according to Yonhap.

South Korea's presidential office is holding a National Security Council meeting concerning North Korea's projectile launch, the office said in a statement

Reuters and NBC News contributed to this report.