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North Korean Missile Lands Outside Japan's EEZ As NE Asia Tensions Spike


Japan's Jiji News citing a Japanese gov't statement says that a North Korean ballistic missile landed just outside Japan's exclusive economic zone, with the landing location of another missile being investigated.

  • The ballistic missiles, seemingly launched from a submarine, come at a time of high tension in north east Asia
    • Earlier today a group of 10 Chinese and Russian naval vessels sailed through the Strait of Tsugaru, separating the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido. The Japanese gov't confirmed that the Sino-Russian operation did not violate Japan's territorial waters, but that "The government is closely watching Chinese and Russian naval vessels' activities around Japan like this one with high interest...We will continue to do our utmost in our surveillance activity in waters and airspace around Japan."
    • South Korea today opened its largest-ever arms show, the International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition, an event that North Korea has stated highlights the arms buildup by the South that threatens regional security. According to Reuters, "At least 440 companies from 28 countries are showcasing 79 types of aircraft and 68 types of ground equipment. Around 300 government, military and defence acquisition officials from 45 countries were expected to attend the event, which lasts through Saturday."
    • Ships from the US Navy, the Royal Navy, and the Royal Australian Navy have joined up with Japanese ships in recent days for training exercises in the eastern Indian Ocean in what is seen as a direct counter to increased Chinese military activity in the Indo-Pacific, with the new AUKUS alliance seen by Beijing as a provocation by the West.
  • Jesse Johnson at the Japan Times tweets Japanese PM Fumio Kishida's response to the first NK missile launch of his tenure at the head of the Japanese gov't: "North Korea's remarkable nuclear and missile technology development is something we cannot overlook,"[...] noting that his government was considering the option of acquiring the capability to strike enemy bases."

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