TOKYO, April 16 (Xinhua) -- The Japanese government lodged a protest with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sunday over the test-firing of a missile by the country earlier in the day.
Japan's foreign ministry said that the missile launch was a clear violation of the UN Security Council resolutions and it has communicated the protest to the DPRK through a diplomatic channel.
The DPRK fired an unidentified missile at about 6:20 a.m. local time from its eastern coastal city of Sinpo, but it was believed to have exploded on launch, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Pentagon of the United States has also confirmed the DPRK's missile launch, saying that the missile blew up almost immediately and the type of missile is still being assessed.
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