Japan has protested North Korea's latest launch of a missile, which appears to have landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said early Monday in Japan.
"This ballistic missile launch by North Korea is highly problematic from the perspective of the safety of shipping and air traffic and is a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions," Suga told reporters in televised remarks.
"Japan absolutely cannot tolerate North Korea's repeated provocative actions. We have strongly protested to North Korea and condemn its actions in the strongest terms."
No damage to planes or ships had been detected, Suga said.
The missile was launched close to Wonsan, a North Korean coastal city, South Korea's military said.
The launch comes hours after news outlets reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test of a new anti-aircraft weapon and ordered its mass production and deployment throughout the country.
North Korea has in recent weeks tested its intermediate-range ballistic missile and has been pushing aggressively to develop a wide range of weapon systems since last year.
President Donald Trump was briefed about the incident, a White House official said on Sunday, and the United States confirmed it had been a short-range ballistic missile.
The South Korean military said it was believed to have been a Scud-type missile that flew 280 miles and landed in the sea, the latest in a series of North Korean test launches in recent weeks.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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