North Korea launches missile into Sea of Japan

Earlier, North Korea had warned the global community that it will retaliate if they put sanctions over its latest round of weapons tests.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged the launch in a brief statement but said the U.S. had spoken enough about North Korea and would not comment further.

Two weeks ago, the South Korean and USA militaries said they detected what they called a failed North Korean ballistic missile launch.

"It's hard to know if that statement was made with any specifics mind ... but (options) could include an increased naval presence, especially by destroyers and other platforms equipped with Aegis and with SM-3 missiles (used to intercept SRBMs, MRBMs, and IRBMs)", John Grisafi, theNK News Director of Intelligence, said.

The test comes just days before Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with President Donald Trump in Florida, during which North Korea is expected to be a major point of discussion.

The European Union on Thursday expanded sanctions against North Korea over the country's nuclear tests and launches of ballistic missiles.

South Korea and the US confirm North Korea launched a single ballistic missile at a facility near Sinpo at 6:42 a.m. Wednesday Seoul time (5:42 p.m. Tuesday ET).

North Korea conducted a missile test ahead of the Trump-Xi meeting, and it is believed that another could happen at any time.

Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, agreed in a phone call with his South Korean counterpart on the need to proceed with the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea after Wednesday's launch.

North Korea test-fires an advanced version of Taepodong-2 missile at the Musudan-ri launch site.

For decades, the US and other members of the worldwide community have tried to negotiate to end to North Korea's ballistic missile technology and nuclear development with little success.

Trump has said the United States is prepared to go it alone in bringing Pyongyang to heel if China - North Korea's top ally - does not step in.

Chinese officials have closed many Lotte retail stores in the mainland after the conglomerate made a deal with the South Korean government to give land for the installation of the defence system.

The latest launch comes as South Korea and the USA wrap up their annual spring joint military exercises on the peninsula, which North Korea objects to because it views the drills as preparation for war. He told reporters in Tokyo on Wednesday that "Japan can not tolerate North Korea's repeated provocative actions".

It was North Korea's fourth attempted missile launch of the year.

The two leaders spoke on the phone following the test, with Trump reaffirming support for regional allies Japan and South Korea and Abe calling the launch "new threat from North Korea".

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The missile in North Korea's latest launch didn't fly very far, but it may have been the second test of a technology that worries experts.

  • Leroy Wright