North Korea missile test: US terms launch a 'reckless act', S Korea orders live-military drill in response
- North Korea missile test: US terms launch a âreckless actâ, S Korea orders live-military drill in response
North Korea missile test: Pyongyang's missile test drew sharp condemnation from across the world, with South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordering military to conduct a live-fire ballistic missile drill in response to the launch.North Korea missile test: In this May 14, 2017, file photo distributed by the North Korean government shows the âHwasong-12,â a new type of ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File) Related News
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In a clear message to its rivals, North Korea on Friday fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean on Friday despite several US warnings over a possible retalia tion. The missile test by Pyongyang is being termed as the longest-ever flight of an intermediate-range missile till now. US President Donald Trump had threatened North Korea with âfire and furyâ in August last month. Since then, North Korea has conducted its most powerful nuclear test, threatened to send missiles into waters around Guam and launched two missiles of ever increasing range over Japan, a US ally.
The growing frequency with which Pyongyang has carried out and displayed these missile tests confirm what experts and governments have feared all along: North Korea is getting closer than ever to its ultimate goal of building a military arsenal. South Korean authorities said the intermediate-missile travelled around 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) reaching a maximum height of 770 kilometres. Also Read: North Korea fires intermediate-range missile over Japan, lands in Pacific Ocean
Meanwhile, North Koreaâs missile test drew sharp condemnation from across the world, with South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordering military to conduct a live-fire ballistic missile drill in response to the launch. Japan too condemned it saying Tokyo will never tolerate North Koreaâs âprovocativeâ acts.
Follow North Korea missile test LIVE UPDATES HERENorth Korea missile test: People walk past a public TV screen showing a file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during news on Northâs missile launch, in Tokyo, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Hereâs how other countries reacted to North Koreaâs missile launch:
Responding to the launch, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has scheduled a National Security Council meeting to discuss the launch. It conducted a live-fire ballistic missile drill in response to the Northâs launch.
Yoshihide Suga, Japanâs Chief Cabinet Secretary, condemned North Koreaâs missile launch saying he is conveying âstrong angerâ on behalf of the Japanese people. Suga added saying Japan âwill not tolerate the repeated and excessive provocations.â Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe too condemned North Koreaâs missile launch as a reckless act that trample d on efforts toward a peaceful solution. The Japanese Prime Minister said the launch âtrampled on the international societyâs desire for a peaceful solutionâ and that âNorth Koreaâs reckless act is absolutely unacceptable.â
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis termed the North Korea missile attack as a âreckless actâ. At the time of the missile launch, Mattis was at the U.S. Strategic Command headquarters in Nebraska. He said later that the missile âwas fired over Japan and put millions of Japanese in duck and coverâ. When asked about a possible American military response, Mattis told Associated Press: âI donât want to talk on that yet.â He said President Donald Trump had been fully briefed on the event. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on the international community to take new measures against Pyongyang after the missile launch. He said U.N. Security Council resolutions approved earlier this week ârepresent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take.â He also singled out Russia and China, saying they âmust indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their ownâ.
UN Security Council
Right after North Koreaâs missile launch, the U.N. Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting. Ethiopiaâs U.N. Mission, which holds the council presidency this month, said closed-door consultations will take place Friday afternoon at the request of the United States and Japan.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull condemned North Koreaâs missile launch as âreckless and dangerousâ even as he called for tougher punishments against Pyongyang. In a statement to AP, Turnbull said: âThis is another example of why it is vitally important to continue to tighten those economic sanctions on North Korea.â
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