North Korea on Monday test-fired a missile into Japan’s maritime economic zone in what has been seen as latest series of provocative launches by Pyongyang.
These ballistic missile tests have ratcheted up tensions amid UN sanctions warnings and US threats of a possible military action against Pyongyang.
This is the third ballistic missile test in barely a month and 12th Pyongyang has launched this year.
According to US military monitors, the short-range missile flew for six minutes, while Japan said it fell into the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) — waters extending 200 nautical miles from its coast.
Pyongyang missile test-fires comes in fresh defiance of tough talk from US President Donald Trump, who promised last week at the G7 summit that the “big problem” of North Korea “will be solved”.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe swiftly condemned the test and vowed concerted action along with its US ally.
Earlier this month, the UN Security Council vowed to push all countries to tighten sanctions against Pyongyang, but China, North Korea’s main trade partner and ally has made it clear the problem need to be solved diplomatically and not imposing more sanctions.
On the other hand US has said it is willing to enter into talks with North Korea but only if it ends its missile and nuclear tests.