North Korean missile lands in Sea of Japan hours after Trump’s meeting with China’s president

According to the U.S. Army, North Korea launched a KN-15 ballistic missile that flew about 60 kilometers before it landed in the Sea of Japan. The launch comes just a day after U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Washington and discussed Pyongyang’s missile tests.
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North Korea launched early this morning (Wednesday) an intermediate-range ballistic missile, according to South Korea. The missile was launched from the country’s eastern coast and landed in the Sea of Japan. The launch comes just a day after the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Washington. During the meeting, the two discussed a plan to curb Pyongyang’s missile tests.

The U.S. Army confirmed the report and said that the missile was a KN-15 that flew about 60 kilometers (37 miles). Reuters reported that the launch constitutes a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. However, North Korea has rejected these resolutions, claiming that they violate its sovereign rights to self-defense.

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A senior-level Japanese official harshly condemned the launch and said that it is an “extremely serious problem.” The Japanese chief cabinet secretary said that Tokyo will not tolerate “Pyongyang’s provocative actions.”

Last night, a senior-level White House official said that Trump and Xi discussed how to deal with North Korea. The official said that the decisions that were made during the meeting will test the relationship between the two countries.  



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