Kishi: North's projectile fell outside Japan's EEZ

Japan's Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo says a projectile presumed to be a ballistic missile fired by North Korea on Tuesday morning likely fell outside Japan's exclusive economic zone.

Kishi told reporters on Tuesday it's possible that North Korea fired at least one ballistic missile eastward from an inland launch pad at around 7:25 a.m. He said the details are still being analyzed, but if the projectile flew on a normal trajectory, it would have traveled possibly less than 700 kilometers and come down outside Japan's exclusive economic zone. He said no damage to Japanese aircraft or ships has been confirmed so far.

Kishi noted that North Korea has fired more than 40 projectiles since May 2019 for the purpose of improving its missile technology.

He said the frequent launches of ballistic missiles and other projectiles is a serious issue for Japan and the international community.

Based on instructions from Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, the defense minister said Japan will make every effort to work closely with the United States and other countries to collect and analyze data.

Kishi added that he has instructed his ministry and the Self-Defense Forces to prepare for unforeseen incidents and stay on the alert.

Kishi also said he is committed to protecting people's lives and maintaining peace while working closely with the relevant countries. He said he will consider all options for Japan, including possessing the ability to strike enemy bases and drastically boosting the nation's defense capabilities.