The DPRK launched an unidentified projectile toward the Sea of Japan, Yonhap reported Tuesday, Jan. 11, citing the country’s Chiefs of Staff Committee.
According to NHK, citing the Japanese government, it was presumably a short-range ballistic missile launched from a land-based launcher.
According to the Japanese Ministry of Defense, the missile flew almost 500 kilometers and fell into the sea before reaching the country’s exclusive economic zone. The government convened an emergency meeting of the response team in Tokyo.
Earlier, on January 7, the US, UK, France, Ireland and Albania requested closed consultations at the UN Security Council in connection with the latest DPRK missile launch.
On January 5, North Korea confirmed the hypersonic missile test and estimated its range at 700 kilometers. According to North Korean sources, the projectile “accurately hit the target.” On the same morning, it became known that North Korea had launched an unidentified projectile toward the Sea of Japan, presumably a ballistic missile. Japan urgently convened the crisis headquarters of the Prime Minister’s Office.
On the same day, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said there was no damage to national maritime and air vessels from the launch of the suspected ballistic missile by the DPRK. Kishi noted that the ministry is currently continuing to analyze data on the projectile launch.
He also said that the missile, according to preliminary calculations, fell outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
For his part, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called the possible launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea regrettable. And Hirokazu Matsuno, general secretary of the Japanese government, pointed to the security threat to the entire world from a DPRK missile launch.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby also stressed that North Korea’s missile launch violates a number of UN Security Council resolutions because it is a ballistic missile.
This is the first launch by North Korea this year. The last one was in October 2021. At that time, North Korea confirmed the launch from a submarine of a ballistic missile (SLBM) in the direction of the Sea of Japan.