North Korea fired two “unidentified projectiles” into the waters of Sea of Japan between South Korea and Japan on Thursday, South Korea’s military said.
According to South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), the weapons were fired from the South Phyongan Province near the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. It didn’t immediately confirm whether the weapons were ballistic missiles or rocket artillery.
“Our military is monitoring the situation in case of additional launches and maintaining a readiness posture,” the JCS said.
Japan Coast Guard said in a statement “it appears that North Korea has launched a missile” and advised ships to avoid the area.
Japan’s Defense Ministry said it believed the projectiles were ballistic missiles and added that they did not reach the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which extends to 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers) from the land.