N. Korea Fires Ballistic Missiles

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 2 (Jiji Press)--North Korea fired two ballistic missiles on Wednesday morning, with one of them believed to have fallen into Japan's exclusive economic zone off the western prefecture of Shimane, the Japanese government said.

The missile firing came just a day after North Korea unveiled an agreement with the United States to hold working-level denuclearization talks on Saturday.

Pyongyang is apparently aiming to try to damage the relationship among Japan, the United States and South Korea by repeatedly conducting military provocation while promoting negotiations with Washington, political analysts said.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told an emergency press conference that the two missiles were launched around 7:10 a.m. (10:10 p.m. Tuesday GMT). One of them apparently landed in waters off North Korea, outside the Japanese EEZ, around 7:17 a.m., and the other is seen to have fallen into the EEZ, at a point near the island of Dogo in Shimane, at 7:27 a.m., the top government spokesman said.

No damage to ships or aircraft traveling nearby has been confirmed, according to Suga.

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