North Korean missile landed 200km off Noto Peninsula

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Japan is alert as no North Korean missile has ever landed this close. 

One of the four ballistic missiles simultaneously fired by North Korea on March 6 landed in the Sea of Japan about 200 km north of the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture, Defence Minister Tomomi Inada said Thursday.

The government is staying increasingly alert because the location is believed to be the closest any North Korean missile has ever come to the four main islands of Japan.

Speaking to the House of Representatives Security Committee on Thursday, Inada said the four missiles fell in waters about 200 km to 450 km north of the peninsula.

The Defence Ministry previously announced on Monday that the four missiles had landed in waters about 300 km to 350 km west of the Oga Peninsula in Akita Prefecture, with three of them landing in Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

According to the ministry, one of the three missiles simultaneously launched by North Korea in September last year landed in waters about 200 km from Hokkaido’s Okushiri Island, with the two others falling in waters about 250 kilometers from the island. 

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