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Posted: January 16, 2018

Japanese national broadcaster issues false North Korea missile alert

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Japanese national broadcaster issues false North Korea missile alert
FILE - in this Aug. 29, 2017 file photo distributed on Aug. 30, 2017, by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the test launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile in Pyongyang, North Korea. North and South Korea sat down to talk Tuesday after a year that had seen only mounting tension, as North Korea conducted tests of ever-more capable missiles and its largest nuclear detonation ever, and the U.S. and its allies responded with harsh rhetoric and sanctions. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

By Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


Japan's national public broadcaster issued a false alert about a North Korean missile launch Tuesday, just three days after Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency sent a false missile alert. 

>> Worker who sent mistaken missile message reassigned

According to CNN, NHK sent a message to users of its phone app that said, "NHK news alert. North Korea likely to have launched missile. The government J alert: Evacuate inside the building or underground."

Minutes after the alert went out, NHK issued a correction and apologized.

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"The news alert sent earlier about NK missile was a mistake," the broadcaster said, according to CNN. "No government J alert was issued."

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