MOSCOW, September 28. /TASS/. The authorities of Japan believe that North Korea possibly test launched a ballistic missile, Kyodo news agency reported.
"North Korea on Tuesday fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile in the second launch this month, the Japanese government said," according to Kyodo.
The Japanese news agency also reported citing government officials that the launched projectile presumably splashed into the waters outside the exclusive economic zone of Japan.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga stated after the reported launch of the missile from North Korea that he issued instructions to government officials to secure the safety of marine and air traffic as well as to prepare for contingencies.
"We are stepping up surveillance efforts and analyzing the situation," the Japanese news agency quoted Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga as saying.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported earlier in the day that North Korea launched at least one unidentified projectile in the direction of the Sea of Japan. The agency added that there was no immediate information about the type of the projectile and the location of the launch site.
The projectile launch was reported on the eve of North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations, Kim Song, participation in the general political debates at the 76th UN General Assembly in New York.
On September 15, North Korea launched two ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan. On the same day, the Yonhap news agency quoted the South Korean presidential administration as saying that it had carried out its first-ever test launch of a ballistic missile from a submarine.