Pyongyang ballistic missile lands in Japanese waters

World | 29 May 2017 9:11 am

North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile that landed in Japan's maritime economic zone today.

The missile launched from the coastal town of Wonsan flew about 450 kilometers, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff claimed in a statement. It landed in Japan's exclusive maritime economic zone, which is set about 200 nautical miles off the Japanese coast, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. He said there was no report of damage to planes or vessels in the area. (Pictured, a May 22 news bulletin from North Korea's KRT shows leader Kim Jong Un, watching the test launch of what was said to be the Pukguksong-2 missile at an undisclosed location).

North Korea's state-controlled media had no immediate comment. But a day earlier, the North said leader Kim Jong Un had watched a successful test of a new type of anti-aircraft guided weapon system. It wasn't clear from the state media report when the test happened. 

Kim found that the weapon system's ability to detect and track targets had "remarkably'' improved and was more accurate, according to the official Korean Central News Agency. KCNA cited Kim as ordering officials to mass-produce and deploy the system all over the country so as to "completely spoil the enemy's wild dream to command the air.''-AP


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