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Pedestrians walk past a huge screen in Tokyo on July 29, 2017 broadcasting a news of North Korean missile launching. The North Korean regime more recently fired a missile that soared over Japan Monday. (KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea has escalated regional tensions after firing a missile over the island nation of Japan Monday.

Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that the government advised people in northern Japan to take cover.

The missile launch was reportedly initiated at 5:57 am local time, and sailed over the Japanese island of Hokkaido, around 6:06 am.

"We will make utmost efforts to firmly protect the lives of the people," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters.

NHK said the missile broke into three pieces. Japan made no effort to shoot the missile down.

The South Korean government has called for a security council meeting in response to the threatening maneuver by their enemies to the north.

CNN's Will Ripley posted an approximation of the trajectory of the missile on his social media account.

A person identifying themselves as "Joe" posted a video of the alarm on Hokkaido island on his social media account.

"I woke up with a Siren and an announcement that North Korea launched a missile that would possibly hit cities within Hokkaido," he tweeted.

After the last missile launch, President Trump warned that North Korea was risking a response full of "fire and fury." They responded by mocking the threat, but backed down on their suggestion that they would fire upon the island of Guam, a U.S. territory. Several U.S. lawmakers also had a negative reaction to Trump's alarming threat.

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