North Korea launched four ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan on March 5. The launch took place in Tongchang-ri, in North Korea’s North Pyongan province. The Military in South Korea, Japan and the United States have confirmed the launch of missiles.
This move of North Korea has been criticized and described as “an extremely dangerous action” by the Japanese leaders.
Japanese officials said three of the four missiles landed in the 200-nautical-mile offshore area where Tokyo has sovereign rights for exploring and exploiting resources.
The missiles took off from Tongchang-ri and flew an average of 620 miles before falling into the sea between North Korea and Japan.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the launch was a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
According to the various media reports, condemning the act by North Korea during an emergency meeting of the national security council, the Acting President of South Korea Hwang Kyo-ahn said, “South Korea strongly condemns North Korea’s missile launch today as a direct challenge and grave provocation despite warnings by the international community.”
“Having seen the brutality of North Korea from Kim Jong Nam, I’d say the consequences of the Kim Jong Un regime having nuclear weapons will be horrible,” he said referring to the killing of the North Korean leader’s estranged half brother at Kuala Lumpur airport last month. North Korea has denied any involvement in the murder.