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Japan holds evacuation drills as North Korea missile threats grow

Friday, June 09, 2017 - 01:04

Residents in Japan's Sakata city take part in an evacuation drill to prepare in the event of a North Korean missile attack. No reporter narration.

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(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Over 400 residents took part in an evacuation drill in Sakata city, northeast Japan, on Friday (June 9) to prepare in the event of a North Korean missile attack. This was the third such drill to take place in Japan in recent months, as North Korea increased its missile launches in defiance of international condemnation and pressure to halt its weapons program. Elementary school students playing outside during break time were told to duck down and wait for instructions to run for shelter when sirens started blaring. Residents who could not make it to the designated evacuation centre on time - it is estimated it would take 10 minutes for a North Korean missile to reach Japan - crouched low and hid themselves among fields, as others hid behind concrete walls. North Korea has launched 16 missiles in 10 tests this year - with the most recent test being four surface-to-ship cruise missiles fired on Thursday (June 8) - a day after South Korea postponed full deployment of a controversial U.S. anti-missile system designed to deter an attack from the North. The drill in this city of Sakata, bordering the sea of Japan was held about 1000 km (621 miles) from Wonsan, North Korea, where the latest round of missiles were launched.

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Japan holds evacuation drills as North Korea missile threats grow

Friday, June 09, 2017 - 01:04