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North Korea fires ballistic missile into Japan’s EEZ for the first time

All networks reported at noon that North Korea fired a ballistic missile into Japan’s EEZ for the first time at around 7:50 this morning. TBS said the projectile appeared to be a Rodong missile, saying that it flew for about 1,000 km and fell into waters off the Ojika Peninsula in Akita Prefecture, which is within Japan’s EEZ. PM Abe was quoted as telling reporters this morning: “It appears to have fallen within Japan’s EEZ. This is a grave threat to our security and an unacceptable reckless act. It is also a clear violation of the UNSC resolutions and we have lodged a strong protest against North Korea.” The network said Defense Minister Nakatani did not clarify whether the SDF intercepted the missile.

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