Seoul North Korea has continued the recent series of missile tests. According to the South Korean military, the ballistic missile flew towards the Sea of Japan (Korean: East Sea) on Tuesday (local time), the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported. Further details were not initially announced. Most recently, North Korea had tested two ballistic missiles on Saturday – that was the fourth missile launch in a week.
Japan has protested North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile. It was the first time in almost five years that a North Korean missile has flown over the Japanese archipelago. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called the new missile test on Tuesday “outrageous”.
The launch sparked a rare public missile alert, warning residents of the northern Japanese island of Hokaido and Aomori Prefecture on the northern tip of Japan’s main island of Honshu to seek shelter in their homes, Kyodo news agency reported.
Japan’s Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada reported that the missile had flown 4600 kilometers. It was the furthest horizontal distance of a North Korean missile. Chief of Cabinet Hirokazu Matsuno called the North Korean test an “imminent threat” to the region and the world community.
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It was the seventh time that North Korea has fired a missile over Japan – most recently in 2017. According to Japanese information, the missile landed around 3000 kilometers east of Japan in the Pacific Ocean.
Japan sent a formal protest to the North Korean mission in the Chinese capital through its embassy in Beijing, Jiji News Agency reported.
UN resolutions prohibit North Korea from testing ballistic missiles of any range, which, depending on the design, can also carry a nuclear warhead. Experts see North Korea’s recent rocket tests as a reaction to the recently held naval maneuvers by South Korean and US forces. The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan also took part in the four-day naval exercises. It was the first deployment of a US aircraft carrier to South Korea in almost four years.
North Korea throws the United States regularly prepares an attack through its military maneuvers with South Korea – which is denied by both countries. Tensions in the region have risen sharply following a series of nuclear-capable missile tests by North Korea this year. The country is also reportedly preparing to launch a submarine ballistic missile and possibly its first nuclear test since 2017.