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Kishida awaits confirmation on N. Korean projectiles

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks to reporters at the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday morning regarding projectiles launched by North Korea.

Japan is awaiting confirmation on the types of projectiles launched by North Korea early Thursday and where they fell, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said.

“We are making every effort to gather information,” Kishida told reporters at the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday morning.

Objects falling into Japan’s exclusive economic zone or damage to aircraft or vessels have not been confirmed, he said.

When North Korea launches a ballistic missile, it is often announced by the Japan Coast Guard or the Defense Ministry immediately afterward, but the latest launches were not announced.

“We couldn’t confirm the launches,” A government source said. “It is highly possible that the projectiles flew far away from Japan.”