A Japanese Defense Ministry official confirmed at least two ballistic missiles fired by North Korea landed in waters within the exclusive economic zone on Thursday. “Two ballistic missiles fell inside the EEZ,” the official said.
The zone extends up to 200 nautical miles from Japan’s coast, beyond the limits of its territorial waters.
Japanese authorities said one of the missiles landed in the Sea of Japan, about 110 kilometers northwest of Hegura island, part of Ishikawa prefecture, and the other about 250 kilometers away.
Earlier in the day, South Korean and US troops held joint live-fire exercises in the region. A total of 2,500 troops took part in the maneuvers in Pocheon, northeast of Seoul.
South Korean president oversees joint drills
President Yoon Suk Yeol of South Korea personally watched the live-fire exercises. He said the drills were the largest of their kind ever held with the United States.
Yoon's office said in a statement the initial phase of the drills were designed to manifest a response to North Korea's potential nuclear and missile threats and a full-scale attack.
Pyongyang says such military maneuvers amount to a rehearsal for invasion.
Source: Press TV
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