Video of presumed North Korean missile released by Japan's Defense Ministry

Japan's defense ministry has released footage of what is presumed to be a ballistic missile that North Korea launched on Thursday morning.

The ministry says the footage was taken by a Japanese Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighter jet flying west of Hokkaido Prefecture, northern Japan, around 8:19 a.m. on Thursday.

The jet took off after North Korea launched the missile.

The footage shows a glowing object falling almost vertically while emitting what appears to be white smoke. The object then breaks into multiple pieces.

The North Korean missile is believed to have fallen into the Sea of Japan about 200 kilometers west of Oshima-oshima Island, Hokkaido Prefecture, at around 8:19 a.m. The area is outside Japan's exclusive economic zone.

The ministry says the object in the footage may be related to the ballistic missile, judging from the time and the location.