North Korea launched a single, land-based intermediate range ballistic missile that was tracked for 37 minutes before it landed in the Sea of Japan, the U.S. military’s Pacific Command said on Monday.
The missile flew for about 40 minutes and landed in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the Japanese government said, adding it had strongly protested what it called a clear violation of UN resolutions.
The missile launch occurred ahead of the G20 summit, which is scheduled to be held in Germany later this week.
US President Donald Trump reacted to the latest missile launch on Twitter saying “hard to believe South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer. ”
“Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all,” Trump tweeted.
Reacting to the news, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he will work to increase international pressure on North Korea by uniting strongly with the US and South Korea.
“I’m also planning to call on (Chinese) President Xi Jinping and (Russian) President (Vladimir) Putin to play a more constructive role, ” Abe said.
Prime Minister Abe will be meeting Chinese and Russian top leaders at the G20 summit in Germany later this week and ask them to play a more constructive role in dealing with the North Korea and its weapons development.