North Korea warns missile over Japan 'was just the beginning'

Pyongyang confirmed last night that the latest missile it tested flew over Japan. According to the state-run news agency in the reclusive state, the regime stated that the launch "was just the beginning" and threatened Guam again.

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North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency confirmed Tuesday night that the latest missile test was launched from near the capital Pyongyang. The missile flew over Japan, triggering warning sirens in the country. According to the report, the missile test was a response to the US-South Korea joint military drill and is the first step in a large-scale operation. "There will be more launches," a statement from the regime read.

The statement, which quotes North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, explains that the operation will include the US Pacific territory of Guam. "This was a drill simulating real war," the statement read. "Leader Kim Jong-un led the test and was very pleased with the missile's performance. There will be more launches. This was just the beginning."

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Meanwhile, the UN Security Council issued a harsh condemnation against Pyongyang, saying that North Korea's "actions are not just a threat to the region, but to all United Nations Member States."

"The Security Council expresses its grave concern that the DPRK [North Korea] is, by conducting such a launch over Japan as well as its recent actions and public statements, deliberately undermining regional peace and stability," read the statement, which was unanimously approved by the 15-member body. The UNSC members stated that the tensions with North Korea need to be dealt with but did not threaten to impose additional sanctions.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that her country will not allow North Korea's "lawlessness to continue." Russia's ambassador to the UN said that Moscow expects the US to remove the missile defense system it set up in South Korea and stop the military drills in the region.



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