The firing of the rocket into the Sea of Japan is
condemned as “an outrageous act that cannot be
Pyongyang has carried out a series of missile
launches in recent weeks, in defiance of the UN
The US has warned it was ready to defend
“ourselves and our allies” after North Korea
launched a missile, which landed in Japanese
waters for the first time in nearly 20 years.
South Korea said the test-firing of the rocket
showed Pyongyang’s “ambition to attack
It is the fourth reported weapons launch the
isolated authoritarian state has carried out in
in defiance of the UN Security Council.
Seoul said the missile appeared to be a medium-
range Rodong missile which flew about 620 miles
Washington has condemned the launch.
Referring to North by its official name, the
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), US
State Department spokeswoman Julia Mason said:
“We remain prepared to work with our allies and
partners around the world to respond to further
DPRK provocations, as well as to defend ourselves
and our allies from any attack or provocation.”
Japanese defence minister Gen Nakatani said the
missile landed in the Sea of Japan some 150 miles
(250km) off the country’s northern coast.
It was the first time a North Korean rocket had
come down in Japan’s exclusive economic zone
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: “It’s a
serious threat against our country’s security.
“This is an outrageous act that cannot be
The launch by the North is an apparent show of
force against the planned deployment of a US
missile defence system in South Korea.
The latest test also comes amid mounting tensions
ahead of a planned US-South Korea joint military
exercise later this month.
Last year the drills involved 30,000 American
soldiers and 50,000 South Korean troops.
North Korea regularly condemns the exercise as a
“declaration of war”.
Pyongyang has repeatedly warned of pre-emptive
nuclear strikes against the South and US targets.
Relations have been further frayed after
Washington decided to personally target the North
Korean leader Kim Jong-Un by putting him on a
over human rights abuses.