North Korea Missile Launch – Lands Near Japan
The Associated Press has reported that North Korea has fired another test missile. On Sunday May 28th, 2017 US and South Korean officials have confirmed reports of a missile fired from North Korea into the Japanese Exclusive Economic Zone.
Reports from South Korea have indicated the missile appeared to be a SCUD-class missile, a Soviet style export. In the past few weeks, North Korean officials have been conducting missile tests in order to shunt “US aggression”. North Korea has conducted multiple military tests since the beginning of 2016. They have tested nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and new anti-aircraft technology. The last missile is said to have a range of 1,000 kilometers. Each test was a breach of UN and US sanctions against the isolated country.
The White House has said that President Trump was briefed on the launch. Soon after, South Korean president, Moon Jae-in has called a National Security meeting after the test and spoke with President Trump and the rest of the NSC. Japan had also expressed concern about the missile launch. Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga had said during a televised conference:
This ballistic missile launch by North Korea is highly problematic from the perspective of the safety of shipping and air traffic and is a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.
Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe had vowed action against the North Koreans along with other nations to deter future acts of aggression from Pyongyang. Abe had been quoted saying, “Working with the United States, we will take specific action to deter North Korea.“