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Japan mistakenly tweets ‘North Korean missile launch’

Last Updated: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 12:00

Sydney: Officials in the Japanese city of Yokohama were left embarrassed after they mistakenly announcing the launch of a North Korean on Twitter.

The city prematurely posted that "North Korea has launched a missile" with blank spaces to indicate the exact time.

The authorities later said that they ‘received a call from one of their followers who had noticed the mistake.’

A city official said that they had the tweet ready and waiting, but for an unknown reason it was dispatched erroneously.

According to, the city retracted the tweet about 20 minutes later and apologised to followers.

Japan is on full alert ahead of an expected mid-range missile launch by North Korea, with Patriot missiles stationed in its capital to protect the 30 million people who live there, the report said.

First Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 11:47

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