North Korean missile landed in Japan’s EEZ

Japan’s Defense Ministry confirmed that the North Korean missile landed in the country’s exclusive economic zone, different from the previous statement of the coast guard.

“The missile launch threatens the peace and security of our country and the region, and provokes outrage. We strongly oppose and condemn this action,” Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide said. Suga told reporters in Tokyo today, referring to North Korea’s missile launch.

Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi on the same day confirmed that a North Korean missile had landed in the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), becoming the first North Korean missile to land in this area since October 2019. .

Minister Kishi’s statement also corrected earlier information from the Japanese Coast Guard that the missile did not fall into the country’s EEZ.

A ballistic missile was test-fired by North Korea on March 25.  Photo: KCNA.

A ballistic missile was test-fired by North Korea on March 25. Photo: KCNA.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe criticized North Korea’s missile launch as a violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions, and asked relevant ministries and agencies to collect and analyze information about the launch.

After North Korea launched a missile, a State Department spokesman said it remained committed to a diplomatic approach to Pyongyang, while remaining committed to defending South Korea and Japan.

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North Korean missile flew about 800 km with a maximum altitude of 60 km. The launch comes just days after North Korea announced it had successfully tested a strategic cruise missile with a range of at least 1,500 kilometers. Experts say the new missile can significantly enhance North Korea’s offensive capabilities, thanks to its ability to evade and penetrate enemy air defenses, as well as carry nuclear warheads.

Ngoc Anh (Follow Nikkei Asia)

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