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North Korea fires missile into Japan waters for first time

A photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in July shows a missile fired during a military drillNorth Korea Wednesday fired a ballistic missile directly into Japanese-controlled waters for the first time, drawing an outraged response from Tokyo and ramping up tensions with the United States and South Korea. The launches followed a North Korean threat of “physical action” over the planned deployment of a sophisticated US anti-missile system in South Korea, and came just weeks before the start of large-scale joint South Korea-US military exercises. Japan said the one missile had landed in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), some 250 kilometres (155 miles) off its north coast and within its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

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