North Korea hits Japan territory with multiple ballistic missiles

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North Korea fires 4 ballistic missiles east of the peninsula on Monday, March 6, with Japan saying 3 of them landed in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

South Korea said missiles hit the Sea of Japan, and that Seoul and the US were “closely analyzing” tracking data for further details.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said North Korea fired 4 missiles “almost simultaneously”, 3 of which landed in Japan’s territorial waters.

“In terms of the range, it is around 1,000 kilometers (620 miles),” the South’s defense ministry said in a statement adding that its armed forces were “closely monitoring the North’s military.

Last month, Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile, which Seoul said was aimed at testing the response from the new US administration of President Donald Trump.

Seoul and Washington launched annual joint military exercises last week that infuriate Pyongyang, which condemns them as provocative rehearsals for invasion.

A day after the Foal Eagle drills kicked off, the North’s military warned of “merciless nuclear counter-action” against enemy forces.

“Now that the US imperialists and the South Korean puppet forces again kicked off the dangerous nuclear war drills against the (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) DPRK at its doorstep, our army will counter them with the toughest counteractions,” North Korea spokesman said in a statement carried by the KCNA news agency.

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