N Korea fires three ballistic missiles
NORTH Korea fired three ballistic missiles off its east coast yesterday, Seoul said, in a new show of force that comes as top world leaders meet at the G20 summit in China.
The missiles were fired into the Sea of Japan (East Sea) from the North’s Hwangju county, a defence ministry spokesperson said, sabre-rattling that follows a submarine-launched ballistic missile test some two weeks ago.
“They are speculated to be Rodong missiles with a range of 1000 kilometres [620 miles] and were fired without navigational warning to Japan,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
“North Korea’s ballistic missile launch is a direct violation of UN Security Council resolutions aimed at showing off its nuclear and missile capabilities during the G20 summit,” he added.
Japan’s Defence Ministry said that the three missiles are estimated to have fallen into the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the Sea of Japan, according to a statement.
“The ministry expresses serious concern over the missile launches as they pose a grave threat to Japan’s national security,” the Japanese statement said.
North Korea has conducted a series of missile tests this year in defiance of UN sanctions imposed after its fourth nuclear test in January. The most recent was a submarine-launched ballistic missile last month.
The missile, fired from off the northeastern port of Sinpo, flew 500km toward Japan, far exceeding the range of the North’s previous sublaunched missiles. –