N. Korea fires projectile off eastern coast

Mr Johnson said: "The UK firmly condemns North Korea's latest ballistic missile launches".

This photo of a surface-to-surface medium-long range missile was released by North Korea last month.

Trump slammed the North for its actions and stressed the strong commitment of the U.S.to Japan's security.

North leader Kim Jong Un calls the missile program a defensive move against USA and South Korean hostility.

"This is a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions and an attack on the peace and stability of South Korea and the worldwide community".

The missile launch angered Japan and South Korea, but both China and Russian Federation seem more alarmed over US deployment of THAAD than Pyongyang's provocative and risky action.

After North Korea fired multiple ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan's northwest coast on Monday morning, the USA started the deployment process of its advanced anti-missile defense system in South Korea on Tuesday. The U.S. has about 28,500 servicemembers stationed in the South.

The military officially declared the early deployment during a regular briefing Tuesday morning.

North Korea on Monday launched several missiles, which flew about 1,000 kilometers before falling into the waters between it and Japan.

Japan lodged a "stern protest" with North Korea, Abe said.

A U.S. Air Force C-17 military transport plane carrying the parts touched down at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi, 40 miles south of Seoul, South Korea's military said Tuesday.

Wu warned both countries that "the large-scale joint military exercise between the US and South Korea is not helping with the settlement of the Korean peninsula issue".

"U.S. Strategic Command systems detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean missile launch at 4:34 p.m. CST", the command said in a statement, adding "the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America".

Tensions have been high since a year ago, when the North conducted two underground nuclear explosions and test-launched some two-dozen missiles. The U.S. already has other THAAD systems active in Hawaii and Guam to protect against threats from North Korea.

The U.S. and South Korea first announced the deployment of a THAAD system in the latter last July, a move which drew quick condemnation from China. These are in violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions.

North Korea has launched an unidentified missile, which fell into the Sea of Japan, South Korea says.

  • Leroy Wright