North Korea has fired three medium-range missiles that travelled about 620 miles and landed near Japan in an apparent show of force timed to coincide with the Group of 20 economic summit.
North Korea has staged a series of recent missile tests with increasing range, part of a programme that aims to eventually build long-range nuclear missiles capable of striking the US mainland.
All three missiles fell in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, the 200-nautical-mile offshore area where a nation has sovereign rights for exploring and exploiting resources, according to Tokyo’s Defence Ministry.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga called the launches a “serious threat” to Japanese security and said that Tokyo protested to North Korea via the Japanese Embassy in Beijing.
The United States also condemned the launches, saying it was discussing with allies about the proper response and plans to raise concerns at the UN. The US also plans to bring up the issue during the East Asia summit in Laos this week.