“The missile was launched from the west side of DPRK, and flew over North Korean territory. It shows their confidence. They are no longer conducting tests; they are conducting training.” This insight was shared by an official at the Self-Defense Forces.
The Japanese government is collecting information and conducting analysis of North Korean intentions behind the missile launch. This time the missile fell in a swath of ocean that normally teems with squid boats. The fact that the warhead, the missile’s payload, plunged into the ocean inside Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) shocked Japan.
An alarmed government official pointrf out: “If they intentionally fired the missile into the EEZ, that would pose a grave danger to us. If the missile reached our territorial waters, it could conceivably constitute an armed attack.
It is possible that the missile flew farther than expected and landed in the Japanese EEZ. The same official said, “If they did not intend to fire the warhead into our EEZ, it indicates lack of control capability over the missiles they launch near Japan. That is unsettling for a different reason. Either way, we are now facing an elevated level of threat.”