North Korea launched a missile on Tuesday, with Japan saying it appeared to have landed in the Japanese exclusive economic zone (EEZ), Reuters reported.
“We confirm that North Korea has fired an unidentified ballistic missile off its eastern coast towards the East Sea from Banghyun area in Northern Pyong An Province at around 9:40 am (KST) Tuesday morning,” a South Korean military official told NBC. “The launch was immediately reported to the President Moon Jae In.”
Moon ordered a National Security Council meeting after the launch, South Korean state news agency Yonhap reported, citing the Blue House — the South Korean equivalent of the White House.
The meeting was to determine the country’s defense readiness against further incidents, Yonhap said.
Japan’s main government spokesperson said there were no reports of damage to planes and ships in the proximity.
“It flew for approximately 40 minutes and is believed to have landed within Japan’s economic exclusive zone,” he said in comments translated from Japanese by NBC News.
“Today’s ballistic missile launch was extremely problematic act and at the same time a clear violation of the Security Council resolution. We cannot condone these repeated acts of provocation from North Korea and we have lodge our fierce compliant to the North Koreans,” he said.
Yonhap, citing the South Korean military, reported the missile flew more than 930 kilometers (around 578 miles).
SOURCE: Leslie Shaffer