In an apparent first, North Korea launched a ballistic missile Wednesday morning that fell into waters inside Japan's exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan, South Korean and Japanese authorities said.

The missile was launched from South Hwanghae province in the southwest of the country at around 7:50 a.m., South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

In Tokyo, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani told reporters that the missile flew around 1,000 km and appeared to have landed in Japan's EEZ 250 km west of Akita Prefecture's Oga Peninsula.