CBRN Assessment

North Korea fires four ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan

06 March 2017

North Korea launched four ballistic missiles on 6 March that landed within or close to Japan's exclusive economic zone in what appears to be a reaction to joint US-South Korean military drills on the Korean Peninsula.

The yet unidentified missiles were fired almost simultaneously around 0734 h local time from an area near the Tongchang-ri Missile and Space Launch Facility in North Korea's western North Pyongan Province.

It is presumed that all of the missiles travelled approximately 1,000 km and fell into the Sea of Japan (also known as East Sea), which is about 300-350 km west of the Oga Peninsula of Akita Prefecture, according to Japanese and South Korean authorities.

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