North Korea apparently launched a short-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Tuesday, its third provocative test of banned missiles in the past month. The North Korean regime insisted the weapons tests were an appropriate response to the “hostile policy” of the United States and South Korea.
The South Korean military detected a single “projectile” fired from North Korea’s Jagang Province at about 6:40 a.m. on Tuesday. The projectile flew over the eastern coast of North Korea into the Sea of Japan, which Koreans refer to as the East Sea.
The Japanese government said the projectile appeared to be a ballistic missile that splashed down outside of Japan’s exclusive economic zone, unlike North Korea’s previous launch, which flew far enough into Japanese waters to enrage Tokyo.
South Korea, Japan, and the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command are analyzing the launch to determine both the capabilities of the weapon