Japan slams North Korean missile launch

Tokyo: Japanese spokesperson Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday said the firing of missile by North Korea is in clear violation of the UN Security Council resolutions and strongly protested the act.

North Korea on Wednesday launched a ballistic missile, which flew for some 60 km before falling into the Sea of Japan, the South Korean military said.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga said the missile was launched at 6.42 a.m. from North Korea's east coast. He said it did not fall within Japan's exclusive economic zone, Xinhua news agency reported.

Suga also said that planes and ships in the area have not reported any damage as a result of the missile falling into the sea.