North Korea conducted another ballistic missile test this week. South Korea and Japan opposed Pyongyang’s actions. The authorities in Seoul convened a meeting of the National Security Council in connection with this event.
The missile test fired by North Korea on Thursday morning was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the South Korean army said.
According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the rocket traveled about 1,000 kilometers at an altitude of 6,000 meters and flew for 70 minutes. It most likely landed outside the exclusive economic zone Japan200 km west of Oshima Island near Hokkaido in northern Japan.
South Korea called a meeting of the National Security Council and “strongly condemned” the missile launch as a serious act of provocation that threatens international peace.
In connection with this event, South Korean President Jun Suk Jeol ordered his country’s army to conduct exercises with the United States as planned and stated that North Korea will pay for his “reckless provocations”.
Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida he announced that he would also convene a meeting of the National Security Council on the matter.
Japan describes test as ‘barbaric act’
The rocket launch took place hours before South Korean President Jun Suk Jeol was scheduled to arrive in Tokyo to meet Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. This is the first meeting of the leaders of the two countries in over a decade.
Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Hirokazu Matsuno, said his country had lodged a protest through the North Korean embassy in Beijing. “The launch of a missile by North Korea is an act of barbarism that escalates provocations to the entire international society,” Matsuno said.
“At today’s Japan-South Korea Summit, we will reaffirm our close cooperation with South Korea and the United States for the complete denuclearization of North Korea,” he added.
North Korea is testing ballistic missiles
North Korea conducted a ballistic missile test for the second time this week. On Tuesday, it fired two short-range missiles in response to joint US-South Korean exercises.
North Korean leader last week Kim Jong Un he ordered his troops to be ready to repel “mad preparations for war” led by the country’s enemies. On Monday, North Korea said it had fired two cruise missiles from a submarine.
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