All networks reported at noon that Defense Ministry sources said that North Korea test-fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile this morning, adding, however, that the South Korean military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff later announced that the missile failed immediately after launch. The launch reportedly took place at around 9:30 a.m. from Pyongyang’s Sunan Airport. TBS said that the Ministry of Defense announced that Japan has not confirmed the flight of a ballistic missile thus far. The network said Prime Minister Kishida told reporters this morning that the GOJ is currently collecting information on the launch. Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno said there have been no reports of damage to Japanese aircraft or ships.