KDNR launched «Sputnik» in the direction of Okinawa Prefecture, said the Prime Minister’s office of Japan via public address system J-Alert. In Tokyo believe the launch of the pretext for testing ballistic missiles, RIA Novosti reported.
According to reports, the launch was made on Sunday, 7 February, at 09:31 local time.
According to the Ministry of national defense of South Korea, the first stage of ballistic rocket fell into the Yellow sea off the coast of the Republic of Korea. According to the Ministry, a few minutes later in the area of the South Korean island of Jeju-do was reset the element protective screen installed around the satellite. Then in the Yellow sea has fallen another two elements launched missiles. The damage caused was not.
Later the Central Telegraph Agency of North Korea, a message informed about the successful launch of artificial Earth satellite, writes the Japan Agency Kyodo.
The launch by North Korea of long-range missiles is a clear violation of the resolutions of the UN Security Council, said the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.
Note that the Pyongyang warned of the impending launch of a satellite last week, claiming that the launch is for peaceful purposes.