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North Korea launches ballistic missile into Sea of Japan

North Korea launches ballistic missile into Sea of Japan

President Donald Trump has alternated between bellicosity and flattery in his public statements about North Korea, but his administration is still working to solidify a policy to handle its nuclear ambitions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a military drill marking the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean People's Army in a photo made available on April 26.

The Japanese government strongly denounced the North as the missile appears to have landed in waters near its territory.

The Japanese government held a National Security Council meeting following the missile launch and Abe called for gathering information on the missile launch, steps to ensure the safety of airplanes and vessels, and keeping alert for any unexpected contingencies, Suga said.

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"The president was immediately notified of the situation, and the president ordered the national security council meeting at 7:30 am", the South Korean statement added.

There has been no official statement on North Korea's media but earlier, it was reported that the country had tested a new anti-aircraft weapon system which it said it hoped to mass produce and deploy nationwide.

Pyongyang has already conducted nine ballistic missile tests so far this year, with the latest one occurring early Monday morning.

Wrapping up a meeting in Italy on the weekend, the leaders of the Group of Seven (G-7) member countries agreed that North Korea "increasingly poses new levels of threat of a grave nature to worldwide peace and stability". The U.S. Pacific Command said the missile flew for about 6 minutes and fell into the Sea of Japan.

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The projectile is likely to fall within Japan's exclusive economic zone, Yonhap news reported citing an unidentified source in Japan as saying. Pacific Command said, until it landed in the Sea of Japan.

The missile, presumed to be a Scud type, was launched eastward from the vicinity of Wonsan, Gangwon Province, at around 5:39 a.m., according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

The latest missile test is at least the eighth such test this year alone. "Since our new government took office, North Korea has been frequently and repeatedly conducting provocation in such manner". North Korea has also said that it would not abandon its missile and nuclear programs unless the United States ended its hostility toward Pyongyang.

On Tuesday, the United States will test an existing missile defense system to try to intercept an ICBM, the first such test, officials said last week.

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In their final communique, Abe and Trump - along with the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom - said North Korea "increasingly poses new levels of threat of a grave nature to worldwide peace and stability. through its repeated and ongoing breaches of global law".


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