July 25, 2019 / 12:01 AM / 5 months ago

Japan defense minister calls North Korean projectile launch 'very regrettable': Jiji

Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya speaks at the IISS Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore, June 1, 2019. REUTERS/Feline Lim

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya said North Korea’s launch of a pair of projectiles on Thursday was “very regrettable”, Jiji news agency reported.

A Japanese government source told Kyodo news the projectiles were ballistic missiles which did not reach Japan’s exclusive economic zone and had no impact on Japan’s national security.

Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Michael Perry

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