North Korea fires midrange missile in its latest test

May 22, 2017, 01:04
North Korea fires midrange missile in its latest test

Japan has strongly protested to North Korea about the ballistic missile launch it conducted on Sunday as Tokyo can not tolerate its repeated acts of provocation, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference.

North Korea fired off an "unidentified projectile" Sunday according to South Korean defense officials, a week after its latest missile launch.

North Korea Sunday test-fired a ballistic missile, the latest in a series of launches which have sparked worldwide condemnation and threats of tougher United Nations sanctions.

The May 14 test reached an altitude of more than 2,100 kilometers (1,300 miles), according to North Korea.

The two missile tests in a week complicate plans by South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in to seek ways to reduce tension on the peninsula.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he will raise the issue of North Korean missile launches at the Group of Seven leaders' summit in Italy this month.

The South Korean Foreign Ministry called the launch "reckless and irresponsible".

The missile was sacked from an area near its capital Pyongyang in the latest weapons test by the country and flew eastwards about 310 miles. President Donald Trump has vowed that an ICBM launch by the North "won't happen".

"Our military is closely monitoring signs for additional provocation by the North Korean military and we are keeping a full military readiness", a statement said. "This is serious. These threats are not welcome", Haley told reporters ahead of the meeting.

That missile - a Hwasong-12 was launched May 14 - flew for about 30 minutes and landed in water 60 miles south of Russia's Vladivostok region, the home of the Russian Pacific Fleet.

The North Korean state newspaper Minju Joson threatened more launches on Sunday.

North Korea's official name is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

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