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North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile over Japan, in what appears to be a deliberate escalation to get the attention of Tokyo and Washington.

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The missile travelled 4,500km (2,800 miles)

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Japan issued an alert to some citizens to take cover. The US and South Korea responded with joint bombing drills.

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It is the first North Korean missile launch over Japan since 2017.

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Japan issued an alert to some citizens to take cover.

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By Jean Mackenzie, Yvette Tan & Rupert Wingfield-Hayes

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Please evacuate into buildings or underground."

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Most countries avoid doing it completely as it

 can easily be mistaken for an attack.