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Japan Public TV Sends Mistaken North Korean Missile Alert
Japan Public TV Sends Mistaken North Korean Missile Alert

Japan Public TV Sends Mistaken North Korean Missile Alert

Japan Public TV Sends Mistaken North Korean Missile Alert

Japan’s public broadcaster mistakenly sent an alert warning citizens of a North Korean missile launch and urging them to seek immediate shelter, then retracted it minutes later, days after a similar error in Hawaii.
NHK television issued the message on Tuesday on its internet and mobile news sites as well as on Twitter, saying North Korea appeared to have fired a missile at Japan. It said the government was telling people to take shelter, AP reported.
The false alarm came two days after Hawaii’s emergency management department sent a mistaken warning of a North Korean missile attack to mobile phones across the state, triggering panic.
NHK deleted its tweet after several minutes, issued a correction and apologized several times on air. It said a mistake in using the alert system caused the error.
The false alert came on the same day as the US and Canada planned to host talks in Vancouver over the crisis on the Korean Peninsula after a year of missile tests and threats from the North.
The subject of sanctions on North Korea is expected to be on the agenda, as well as the country’s participation in next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea.
South Korea and Japan will participate in Tuesday’s talks, though North Korea’s largest trading partner, China, will not be present.

 

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