|South Korean television reports on North Korea's missile launch (Photo: AFP/VNA)
In another development, Japan and the US conducted a joint drill Tuesday in response to the launch of a North Korean ballistic missile, Japanese authorities reported. Japan’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said eight Japanese and four US fighter jets took part in the drill west of the Kyushu region. The drill came shortly after Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held talks with the head of the US command of the Indo-Pacific region Admiral John Aquilino.
On Tuesday, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan for the first time in five years, promoting Japan to issue evacuation notices and suspend trains during the flight of the nuclear-capable missile that could reach the US territory of Guam or further. The missile fell into the sea and caused no casualties or damage.