North Korean Ballistic Missile Splashes Down in Japanese Waters

Latest North Korea missile launch lands near Japan waters alarms Tokyo

One of two missiles fired on Wednesday landed in waters within Japan's exclusive economic zone, drawing global condemnation and prompting the United Nations Security Council to convene an emergency meeting yesterday.

Citing South Korean military authorities, Yonhap news agency reported that the landing in Japanese waters was aimed at displaying its missile capability of reaching US troops in Japan as well as in South Korea.

North Korea fired a ballistic missile off Japanese waters following South Korea's plan to deploy American anti-missile system.

South Korea's U.N. Ambassador Oh Joon said so far this year North Korea has conducted 13 rounds of missile tests including the firing of 29 missiles of different varieties, ranges and trajectories using mobile launchers and submarines.

In March the United Nations imposed harsh new worldwide sanctions on Pyongyang for conducting its fourth nuclear test and another long-range rocket launch in violation of Security Council resolutions banning North Korea from developing nuclear and ballistic missile weapons.

A simultaneous launch of two "No Dong" intermediate-range ballistic missiles near the western city of Hwangju were detected by US Strategic Command (STRATCOM).

South Korea's capital city and its adjacent metropolitan area can not be protected by the THAAD battery as its interceptors have a maximum range of 200 km Seongju is about 250 km away from the capital. North Korea's tests make news because it is openly developing nuclear weapons and wants to place them on missiles capable of reaching faraway targets such as the mainland United States.

He added Tokyo will "resolutely respond in cooperation with the United States and South Korea".

In June, North Korea, after a string of failures, sent another type of mid-range missile known as Musudan more than 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) high. Some civilian experts, however, believe the North has the technology to put warheads on shorter-range missiles that can strike South Korea and Japan. Analysts said the high-altitude flight meant North Korea had made progress in its push to be able to strike US forces throughout the region. "By driving a deeper wedge between China and (the US-South Korea alliance), North Korea might hope to have more "breathing space" since these countries will be more (focused on) one another and less (on) North Korea directly", he said.

And North Korea has carried out repeated launches in recent months.

Hours after the North Korean missile launch, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named a new controversial defense minister in a move that could further aggravate tensions in the region. South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se said Wednesday's missile test only served to "underline the need to deploy THAAD". Now the USA maintains approximately 28,500 troops in South Korea.

The Kim Jong Un regime, inaugurated in late 2011, has fired at least 30 ballistic missiles.

The launches came after North Korea threatened "physical action" in response to the planned deployment of a sophisticated US anti-missile system in South Korea, and just weeks before the start of annual joint South Korea-US military exercises.

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