Defense Minister Kishi: Japan protested North Korea over missile launch
Photo: North Korea's Korean Central News Agency / Reuters
Japan has protested to North Korea over the launch of an unidentified missile into the Sea of Japan, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said. His words are reported by TASS.
This rocket launch was the third this year. The Japanese Coast Guard reported that the projectile launched by Pyongyang was believed to be a ballistic missile. According to Tokyo, she fell into the sea, now her whereabouts are being established.
On January 5, North Korea announced that it had successfully tested a supersonic missile. In South Korea, they then reported the launch of an unidentified projectile also towards the Sea of Japan. The Japan Coast Guard said it was a ballistic missile with a range of about 500 kilometers.
On January 11, North Korea successfully tested a hypersonic missile, marking the second launch of North Korean weapons this year. The tests took place in the presence of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The missile flew 1000 kilometers and accurately hit the target.
The United States offered to respond to the launches with sanctions, in response to which the DPRK authorities warned Washington about a “tougher reaction.” The North Korean Foreign Ministry called the missile launches “the exercise of the right to self-defense.”