North Korea fi res missile into Japanese waters [IR]
North Korea fi red a ballistic missile directly into Japanese-controlled waters for the fi rst time, drawing an angry response from Tokyo and ramping up tensions with the U.S. and the South.
The U.S. military said North had actually launched two Rodong intermediate-range missiles simultaneously, but one appeared to have exploded on take-off.
The launches followed a North Korean threat of “physical action” over the planned deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea, and came just weeks before the start of joint South Korea-U.S. military exercises.
Japan said the one missile had landed in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), some 250 km off its north coast and within its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).