A North Korean ballistic missile launched Wednesday landed near Japanese waters—a strike that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a “grave threat.” The missile’s landing was the first time a device fired by the Pyongyang regime has gotten close to Japan and its launch defied United Nations Security Council resolutions. The main part of the missile reportedly hit Japan’s economic exclusion zone, according to Japanese officials. The prime minister said Tokyo “strongly” protests the launch and is on alert for more in the future. The U.S. State Department said the move by the long-belligerent Hermit Kingdom would “only increase the international community’s resolve to counter” Pyongyang’s actions.
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