Japan warns residents to take cover from North Korean missile threat

TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japanese government issued an emergency warning on Monday for residents in the south to take cover from the possible threat of a North Korean missile.

Japan said over its J-Alert broadcasting system that North Korea appeared to have fired a missile, sending out the warning to residents in southern prefecture of Okinawa.

North Korea had earlier in the day notified Japan that it plans to launch a satellite.

(Reporting by Satoshi Sugiyama; Editing by Alison Williams)