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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea connected Tuesday made what appeared to beryllium its 3rd effort to motorboat its first spy outer into orbit, South Korea and Japan said.

The motorboat of a imaginable ballistic rocket toward nan southbound prompted Japan to concisely rumor an advisory successful nan confederate prefecture of Okinawa, telling residents to stay wrong aliases underground. In a station connected X, nan premier minister’s agency said nan rocket was believed to person “passed into” nan Pacific Ocean astir 10:55 p.m. (8:55 a.m. ET) and that nan advisory had been lifted.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff besides said North Korea had fired what was believed to beryllium a spy outer toward nan south.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida condemned nan motorboat and said nary harm had been confirmed truthful far.

“Even if what they launched was supposedly a satellite, nan usage of ballistic rocket exertion is simply a clear usurpation of nan applicable United Nations resolutions,” he said. “It is besides a superior rumor that could impact nan information of our nation’s citizens.” 

North Korea had earlier told Japan that it planned to motorboat nan outer betwixt Wednesday and Dec. 1. It has said a spy outer is basal to show U.S. and South Korean subject movements.

Two earlier motorboat attempts by nan nuclear-armed authorities grounded successful May and August. The South Korean subject said successful July that wreckage it recovered from some nan outer and nan rocket utilized to motorboat it successful May indicated that they had “no subject utility.”

KCNA, North Korea’s authorities news agency, reported Tuesday that North Korea had a “sovereign right” to fortify its subject powerfulness against nan U.S.-led abstraction surveillance network, citing a interrogator astatine nan North Korean abstraction agency.

South Korea had warned North Korea connected Monday not to spell up pinch nan latest outer launch, suggesting that it could frighten nan 2018 inter-Korean subject statement aimed astatine reducing tensions on nan border.

South Korea is besides aiming to motorboat its first spy outer into orbit by nan extremity of this month, arsenic nan 2 countries title to create their subject capabilities successful space.

South Korean Defense Minister Shin Won-sik told nan section news media past week that nan subject plans to motorboat its first domestically built reconnaissance outer connected Nov. 30 arsenic portion of a task to spot 5 specified satellites into abstraction by nan extremity of 2025.

Stella Kim reported from Seoul, Arata Yamamoto from Tokyo and Jennifer Jett from Hong Kong.

Stella Kim

Stella Kim is an NBC News freelance shaper based successful Seoul.

Arata Yamamoto

Arata Yamamoto has been a NBC News shaper successful Tokyo since 1993.

Jennifer Jett

Jennifer Jett is Asia integer editor for NBC News, based successful Hong Kong.

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