March 6, 2017
Ministry of Defense
The original text is in Japanese.
1. Today, it seems that North Korea launched four ballistic missiles almost simultaneously in an easterly direction from the proximity of Tongch'ang-ri on the west coast of North Korea at approximately 7:34 a.m. It is presumed that the missiles traveled approximately 1,000 kilometers and fell into the Sea of Japan, which is approximately 300 to 350 kilometers west of the Oga Peninsula of Akita Prefecture. It is also presumed that three of the missiles fell into Japan's exclusive economic zone. The Ministry of Defense (MOD) is currently analyzing the details. We can in no way tolerate this act as it is clear provocation to Japan's security as well as regional security.
2. Following the launch, the Minister of Defense gave an instruction to keep taking all possible measures for intelligence gathering and analysis, and surveillance. The MOD is doing its best to deal with the situation, including convening a senior official's meeting chaired by the Minister.
3. The MOD/Self-Defense Forces will keep making utmost efforts as well as conducting intelligence gathering and analysis, and surveillance based on the Minister's instruction. The MOD will immediately release any further information when obtaining information that should be additionally released.
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