Japanese Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo said Japan had lodged a protest with North Korea through the country’s embassy in Beijing over the test firing of what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles on Thursday. He strongly condemned the launches as a violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
Kishi told reporters on Friday that the government presumes North Korea fired two ballistic missiles from the east of the country around 8 a.m. Thursday. He added that the government was still looking into the details.
He said the missiles are believed to have flown short distances at extremely low altitudes. He said no damage has been confirmed on Japanese territory or in its exclusive economic zone.
Kishi said the projectiles are believed to be short-range solid-fuel-powered ballistic missiles similar in appearance to those launched on May 4, 2019 and other occasions.
He said the North had repeatedly tested missiles this year with an unprecedented frequency of six times in about three weeks if the reported launch of cruise missiles was included.
Kishi said the North’s actions pose a serious challenge to the international community.