Tokyo: North Korea has launched a ballistic missile toward the Sea of Japan, the Japanese government said Friday.
The missile was fired at around 4:31 pm and fell into waters outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, with no damage from the projectile or its debris to aircraft or vessels confirmed, according to the country’s Defense Ministry, as reported by Kyodo news agency.
Senior Vice Defense Minister Toshiro Ino told reporters in Tokyo that the missile, which travelled about 300 kilometers and reached a maximum altitude of 50 km, may have flown on an irregular trajectory.
Ino said that North Korea’s actions, including the latest missile launch, “threaten the peace and safety of our nation, the region and the international community,” Kyodo reports.
Japan has lodged a protest with North Korea via its embassy in Beijing, Ino added.
The latest launch came after North Korea fired two ballistic missiles toward the Sea of Japan on Sunday that also fell outside Japan’s EEZ.
This year alone, N Korea launched ballistic missiles 38 times, with a total of 67 missiles fired. In addition, Pyongyang tested cruise missiles three times.
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