North Korea fires two ballistic missiles into eastern waters: Japan

TOKYO Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:07pm EDT

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga attends a news conference at Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo May 29, 2014.  REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga attends a news conference at Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo May 29, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Yuya Shino

TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea on Sunday fired two ballistic missiles into its eastern waters, prompting Japan to lodge a protest with Pyongyang, the Japanese government said.

The missiles, launched between 1:20 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. (12.20 p.m. EDT and 12.30 p.m. EDT on Saturday) from somewhere near Kaesong in southwestern North Korea, flew about 500 km (310 miles) before splashing into waters separating Japan and the Korean peninsula, Japan's Defense Ministry said.

"This is a clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions," Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters. "The government made a protest through diplomatic channels in Beijing."

There were no damages or casualties from the firing, Suga said.

North Korea's missile launch comes after a similar firing of short-range missiles on Wednesday, following a pact between the two countries, in which Tokyo lifted some of its sanctions in return for Pyongyang's decision to resume a probe into the fate of Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 80s.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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Comments (2)
No agreement, no concession towards the DPRK will produce positive results. The world should stand together and ignore all such threats and provocations from this miserable enclave and respond only to blatant aggression.

Jul 12, 2014 10:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mister_Mister wrote:
Wake me up when they fire ballistic missiles…

Jul 13, 2014 2:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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