North Korea launched a missile on Tuesday, with Japan saying it appeared to have landed in the Japanese exclusive economic zone (EEZ), Reuters reported.
On its website, South Korean state news agency Yonhap cited South Korea’s military as saying an unidentified ballistic missile launched from a location near the North’s border with China at 9:40 a.m. local time.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered a National Security Council meeting after the launch, Yonhap reported, citing the Blue House — the South’s equivalent of the White House.
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The meeting was to determine the country’s defense readiness against further incidents, Yonhap said. Japan said there were no reports of damage from the missile, which flew for 40 minutes, Reuters reported.
Japan said it strongly protested the launch and that provocative actions from North Korea couldn’t be tolerated, Reuters reported. source
The latest missile provocation marked the sixth of its kind since South Korean President Moon Jae-in came into office May 10.
It also followed the new South Korean president’s summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, in which the leaders agreed to further strengthen their deterrence against the North’s nuclear and missile threats but also leave the door open for dialogue following clear steps by the communist state to denuclearize.
In a joint statement issued at the end of their talks in Washington, the two leaders “emphasized that the United States and the ROK do not maintain a hostile policy toward North Korea and, together with the rest of the international community, stand ready to offer a brighter future for North Korea if it chooses the right path.” source