North Korea fired another ballistic missile from its eastern coast early Monday morning, South Korean and U.S. authorities have separately confirmed.
“North Korea’s continued provocative acts will only quicken its isolation and face strong retaliation by our military, the South Korea-U.S. alliance and the worldwide community”, the JCS said.
The suspected Scud-type missile was launched from the coastal town of Wonsan and flew about 280 miles, the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.
It may have reached waters in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, Japanese chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said.
The state’s news agency KCNA did not report the exact nature of the weapon or the time of the test but said it was organised by the Academy of National Defence Science.
This is the ninth missile test North Korea has conducted this year.
It wasn’t clear from the state media report when the test happened.
Following North Korea’s test-firing of what analysts said was its longest-range rocket yet earlier this month, the UN Security Council vowed to push all countries to tighten sanctions against Pyongyang.
Trump has been briefed on the launch, a US National Security Council spokesman said.
Trump’s comments came at the G7 summit in a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, which along with South Korea is most immediately threatened by North Korean belligerence.
“The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) assessed that the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America”.
‘The assessment is there was at least one missile but we are analysing the number of missiles, ‘ he said. “We will never tolerate North Korea’s continued provocations that ignore repeated warnings by the worldwide community”,
Abe told reporters. A further statement added:
“US Pacific Command stands behind our ironclad commitment to the security of our allies in the Republic of Korea and Japan”.
Hyun-bin, these launches are becoming a weekly occurrence these days
Three weeks in a row now North Korea has fired off ballistic missiles.
Economy and finance-related government agencies, including the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, the Financial Services Commission and the Bank of Korea held an emergency meeting to discuss ways to deal with the potential impact of the latest North Korean provocation.
“Since our new government took office, North Korea has been frequently and repeatedly conducting provocation in such manner”.