North Korea launched this Wednesday ballistic missile medium-range and two short-range projectiles towards the Sea of Japan, since air alerts were activated in several prefectures in the north of the Japanese island of Honshu, according to Japanese authorities.
The Japanese Ministry of Defense revealed that North Korea launched at around 7:42 local time a medium range missilewhich impacted the Sea of Japan, as collected NHK.
At first, the Japanese defense agency indicated that the projectile had flown over the Japanese archipelagoalthough he later clarified that in the end it had not been so.
However, after the missile was launched, the government issued instant alerts to citizens of Miyagi, Yamagata and Niigata prefectures, all in northern Honshu, the main island of the Japanese archipelago.
This missile launch joins two other short-range missiles that were detected by the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea, which detailed that they were shot at 8:39 a.m. from the North Korean town of Kaechon, south of Pyongyang.
These launches take place a day after North Korea launched nearly twenty missiles into the Sea of Japanof which one flew over the maritime demarcation line between the two Koreas for the first time since the war between the two countries, setting off anti-aircraft sirens on one of the South Korean islands.
In this context, on October 4, Pyongyang launched a ballistic missile that fell into the Pacific Ocean and flew over Japanese territorya fact that had not happened since 2017 and that activated the alert in Japan.
The offensive by Pyongyang further escalates tensions in the region, after in recent weeks North Korea has launched dozens of ballistic missiles in prohibited tests by resolutions of the UN Security Council, in response to the US-Korean military maneuvers that it considers an invasion test.
Washington, as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), shared their evidence that North Korea is ‘likely’ to carry out a nuclear missile testthe first since 2017. (Europe Press)