Japan Sees N. Korean Projectiles as Ballistic Missiles


Tokyo, July 29 (Jiji Press)--The two projectiles fired by North Korea on Thursday were short-range ballistic missiles, Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said Monday.

The launch "violated U.N. Security Council resolutions and was extremely regrettable," Iwaya told a press conference.

Japan has lodged a protest with North Korea through embassies in Beijing.

Seoul recognized the projectiles as a new type of short-range ballistic missiles on Thursday, but Tokyo refrained from making a quick decision in line with Washington's efforts to pursue progress in talks with Pyongyang.

Washington has not yet recognized the North Korean projectiles as ballistic missiles, but Tokyo judged that it should not remain silent any longer as Japan is under direct threat, pundits said.

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