According to the South Korean military, North Korea launched a missile today (Monday) that landed within Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone, an area in the Sea of Japan. The South Korean President called for an emergency security meeting while US President Donald Trump was informed of the missile test.
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North Korea fired off what appears to be a ballistic missile, Yonhap News Agency reported Monday, citing the South’s military. The missile landed in the sea off its east coast and was launched at 5:39 a.m. local time from an area near Kangwon province, toward the eastern part of the Korean Peninsula, according to a statement from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Yoshihide Suga, the spokesman for the Japanese government, claimed that Japan received no damage reports and added that the launch was a clear violation of UN resolutions: “The missile launch by North Korea is problematic for the safety of our ships and aircraft. This is a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions.”
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned North Korea’s latest missile launch as well as Pyongyang’s repeated provocations. “We will maintain the close cooperation with South Korea and the other countries regarding the issue,” Abe told reporters. “We agreed at the G7 summit that the North Korean issue is a top priority.”
This missile test, the third in three weeks and the ninth since January, is seen as a test for South Korea’s new liberal President Moon Jae-in, who has called for a more conciliatory approach to North Korea by resuming humanitarian assistance. Moon called for an emergency security meeting following the launch. US President Donald Trump was also informed of the details of the missile test.