Weekly Current Affairs

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).