SEOUL: North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles toward the Sea of Japan on Monday morning, the South Korean military said.
The South Korean military said it detected the projectiles fired eastward from an airport in Pyongyang.
Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi told reporters in Tokyo that the missiles flew about 300 kilometers at an altitude of about 50 kilometers before landing outside Japan’s maritime exclusive economic zone.
The Japanese government filed a protest with North Korea through embassy channels in Beijing.
Kishi said that the missile launch violates U.N. Security Council resolutions and that he strongly condemns the action. Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told reporters that the launch is very regrettable.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida instructed his government to make its maximum effort to gather and analyze information and provide the public with accurate information speedily. He also ordered officials to thoroughly confirm the safety of aircraft and vessels.
At a meeting of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Kishida stressed the need to promote discussions on diplomatic and security policy to protect the lives and livelihood of the Japanese people.
North Korea launched what it called hypersonic missiles on Jan. 5 and Tuesday. On Friday, the country fired two railway-borne short-range ballistic missiles. Pyongyang has been accelerating missile development despite fresh sanctions from the United States.