North Korea launches 6 ballistic missiles in last 24 hours

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North Korea launches 6 ballistic missiles in last 24 hours

North Korea's test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile known as Mars type 17 on March 24. The photo was distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. The Korea News Service Japan has denounced North Korea for a flurry of ballistic missile launches in rapid succession on June 5, calling the salvo of at least six projectiles totally unacceptable and warning that it will greatly bolster its defense capability to deal with such emergencies.

It is unusual that a large number of missiles have been fired from more than three places over a short period, said Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi. It is completely unacceptable. Kishi said that Japan had filed a strong protest through diplomatic channels at its embassy in Beijing, where North Korea has diplomatic representation.

Japan and North Korea don't have formal diplomatic relations.

The launches took place from 9: 06 a.m. to 9: 41 a.m. from sites near the country's west coast, inland and near the east coast, according to the Defense MinistryDefense Ministry.

Each projectile had a range of 300 to 400 kilometers.

After reaching a maximum altitude of between 50 km and 100 km, they all appeared to have come down in waters outside of Japan's exclusive economic zone.

The ministry said that some of them may have been equipped with a trajectory-shifting technology.

In 2006 and 2009, North Korea fired seven ballistic missiles in a single day.

The latest development was the first time for North Korea to launch missiles from three separate sites at the same time.

Kishi said that the launches were clearly aimed at improving the country's capability of firing a stream of missiles considering the past cases. Japan will bolster its defense capability for every possible situation by weighing all possible options, including the ability to strike enemy bases. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who was visiting Fukushima Prefecture on the same day, also condemned North Korea's action, saying it undermined the peace and stability of the region and international community.

On June 8, Kishida said Japan will continue to work to bring together the two allies to gather intelligence, patrol and carry out aerial surveillance of North Korea, following a scheduled foreign minister-level meeting between Japan, the United States and South Korea.

Takehiro Funakoshi, the director-general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, spoke to officials of the U.S. and South Korean governments on June 5 to discuss the latest provocation.

He said the three parties agreed to work toward a goal of completely denuclearizing North Korea by strengthening their security cooperation and deterrence in the region and coordinating their response to the UN.