- 14 Mar 2002
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Another weekend of ICBM showers: after Saturday's missile landed inside Japan's exclusive economic zone, North Korea fired another ballistic missile toward the Sea of Japan Monday morning.
North Korea fires ballistic missile toward Sea of Japan: South Korea
North Korea fired a ballistic missile toward the Sea of Japan on Monday, the South Korean military said, following a similar launch two days earlier.
The missile, the first "ICBM-class" weapon to be fired by the North since November, traveled roughly 900 km, hitting a peak altitude of 5,700 km, the ministry said. With a flight time of 66 minutes, the missile was likely flown on a "lofted" trajectory, the ministry added, meaning it had been nearly shot straight up so as to avoid overflying neighboring countries. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan had protested the launch, calling it "an outrage" and escalation against "the international community as a whole." The Defense Ministry said the ICBM-class weapon was believed to have a range of over 14,000 km, depending on the weight of the warhead and other factors.
North Korea fires 'ICBM-class' missile into Japan's EEZ off Hokkaido
The launch comes a day after Pyongyang vowed an "unprecedentedly" strong response to joint military drills between the U.S. and South Korea set for next week.
N Korea fires missile after threatening retaliation
Pyongyang fires a missile into the sea a day after warning the US and Seoul against military drills.