North Korea has fired four banned ballistic missiles, three of which landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said.

Japanese officials described the launches as a grave threat and said they lodged “strong protests” with the nuclear-armed, reclusive state.

During questions in parliament, Mr Abe said: “The launches are clearly in violation of Security Council resolutions. It is an extremely dangerous action.”

The missiles were launched early this morning from the Tongchang-ri region, where a missile base is located near the North’s border with China, and flew about 620 miles (1,000 km), South Korean military officials said.

There were no reports of damage to shipping or aircraft… see more

source: skynews