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North Korea fires another missile towards Japan

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By Euronews
North Korea fires another missile towards Japan

<p>North Korea has test fired another ballistic missile, this time landing in Japan’s <a href="http://www.un.org/depts/los/convention_agreements/texts/unclos/part5.htm">Exclusive Economic Zone</a>, the first to reach the area since 1998.</p> <p>The zone extends 200 nautical miles from Japan’s coast and, whilst it’s within international waters, is under Japanese control. All coastal states are legally entitled to control such a zone under the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea.</p> <p>Believed to be a Rodong missile with a range of 1200 kilometres, the missile fell into the Sea of Japan about 1000 kilometres east of North Korea.</p> <p>A second missile was also fired but failed shortly after take off.</p> <p>The launches will further escalate regional tensions that remain high after a series of missile launches and the decision by the United States to place a sophisticated anti-missile system in South Korea.</p> <p>North Korea responded by threatening a “physical response” against the deployment decision.</p> <p>In Tokyo Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned the launches.</p> <p>“It is a considerable threat to our national security that North Korea’s missile has landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zones. I firmly protested against North Korea’s unforgivable action which is in obvious defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions,” he said.</p> <p>North Korea came under the latest round of U.N. Security Council sanctions in March after its fourth nuclear test in January and the launch of a long-range rocket the following month.</p> <p>Tensions have been high on the Korean peninsula since the January nuclear test. The two Koreas remain technically at war under a truce that ended fighting in the 1950-53 Korean War.</p>