Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK, mistakenly reported that North Korea had filed a missile that landed in the sea off the country’s northernmost island of Hokkaido early on Friday.
NHK ran a newsflash on its website and news app at 12.22 am, but corrected the error about 20 minutes later, according to the Nikkei daily business paper.
The broadcaster apologised for the mistake, saying it had been intended for “training purposes”.
The original report stated that the missile had landed in the sea about 2,000km east of Hokkaido.
Recall that Pyongyang’s end-of year deadline is just around the corner for the US to make concessions to bring alive stalled denuclearisation talks.
Speculation that the North is preparing to test an intercontinental ballistic missile rose after its foreign ministry recently warned it would send the US a “Christmas gift” depending on what concessions Washington was prepared to make.
But there were no reports of missile of other tests by the regime on Christmas Day.