Ministry of Defense “Possibility of an irregular trajectory of a North Korean missile… Maximum height of about 50 km”
Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada (浜田靖一) said the missile launched by North Korea on the 25th “may have flown high in an irregular trajectory”.
In a press conference broadcast on NHK this morning, he presented the results of the interim analysis, saying, “At 6:52 am today, at least one ballistic missile was launched from inside North Korea towards the east .”
Defense Minister Hamada said the missile had a maximum altitude of about 50 km, flew about 400 km, and appeared to have landed near the east coast of North Korea.
He added that the location of the missile was estimated to be outside what the Japanese government had defined as its exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said, “We strongly condemn North Korea’s ballistic missile launch as a violation of UN Security Council resolutions.” I will do my best,” Mainichi Shimbun reported.
Prime Minister Kishida continued, “(North Korea) has been firing ballistic missiles very frequently, including a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), this year.” It can never be tolerated as a matter of safety and security,” he said. He said.
The Japanese government protested against North Korea through the embassy in Beijing, China.
The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff announced that North Korea had detected a short-range ballistic missile fired from the Taecheon area of North Pyongan Province at around 6:53 am the same day into the East Sea.