N. Korea Fires Ballistic Missile into Sea of Japan


Seoul/Rome, May 4 (Jiji Press)--North Korea fired a ballistic missile from an area including Pyongyang Sunan International Airport toward the Sea of Japan on Wednesday, according to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The missile is believed to have fallen into waters outside Japan's exclusive economic zone after traveling about 500 kilometers while reaching the maximum altitude of about 800 kilometers, according to Makoto Oniki, Japanese state minister of defense.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who is on a visit to Europe, told reporters in Rome that the missile launch is "absolutely unacceptable" as it threatened "peace, safety and stability in the region and the international community."

"We'll do everything for the safety of the people (of Japan) while continuing to cooperate with the United States and others," Kishida said.

Following the missile firing, Tokyo made a protest to Pyongyang through its embassy in Beijing.

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