Four ballistic missiles fired by North Korea into sea of Japan
North Korea has fired four ballistic missiles of which three landed in the Japan's exclusive economic zone, Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe said. The firing comes as South Korea and United States are holding their annual military exercise, known as the Foal Eagle. Both countries say that the exercise is defensive in nature. Pyongyang, however, sees this exercise as a preparation for invasion.
Kwon Ki-joon, the spokesperson for the South Korean defence ministry said several projectiles flew about 1,000 kilometres. The firing took place in Tongchang-ri, in the country's North Pyongan province, and the projectiles are believed to have landed in the Sea of Japan, which is also known as the East Sea, CNN reported. South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn is scheduled to chair a meeting of the country's National Security Council.
KCNA reported, "The US imperialists and the South Korean puppet forces again kicked off the dangerous nuclear war drills against the DPRK at its doorstep, our army will counter them with the toughest counteractions." It may be recalled that during last year's drill, North Korea had fired multiple short-range missiles and announced that it would place nuclear warheads on its weapons.