North Korea has fired a missile which has landed in Japan’s territorial waters, the country’s government has confirmed. The intercontinental ballistic missile is believed to landed in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone, but it is not yet known whether any vessels are aircraft were damaged. Japanese government has established an emergency participation team with members of relevant ministries and agencies. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told on Saturday that a North Korean missile flew for about 45 minutes and appeared to have landed in Japanese waters, adding Japan ‘absolutely cannot tolerate North Korea’s repeated provocations’. Suga said that missile launch was unacceptable and in clear violation of United Nations resolutions and added Japan had protested in the strongest possible terms. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told that a meeting of the National Security Council would be convened and that Japan would take every necessary step to ensure the safety of its citizens. ‘Before midnight North Korea launched a flying body that is considered a missile, it could potentially land in Japan’s exclusive economic zones, and a sailing warning was issued’ a government official said.
In Washington, a Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt Jeff Davis, confirmed that a launch of a ballistic missile from North Korea had been detected. ‘We are assessing and will have more information soon’ he told. Japanese public broadcaster NHK told that the coast guard issued safety warnings to aircraft and ships. The launch comes just weeks after Pyongyang tested an intercontinental rocket capable of hitting parts of US.
The United States military and South Korea had in recent days warned that North Korea appeared to be prepping for another missile test, likely of an intercontinental ballistic missile, or else an intermediate range rocket. Pyongyang triggered global alarm on July 4 when it test fired its first ICBM, which experts believe could have potential to reach Alaska. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, who personally oversaw that launch on America’s Independence Day, described it as a gift to “American ba*****s.’
The test raised tensions in region, pitting Washington, Tokyo and Seoul against China, Pyongyang’s last remaining major ally. After the test, United States launched a push at United Nations for tougher measures against Pyongyang. In all, 6 sets of UN sanctions have been imposed on North Korea since it first tested an atomic device in 2006, but 2 resolutions adopted last year significantly toughened the sanctions regime.