North Korea appears to launch another missile test

In addition to the missile tests, North Korea carried out two nuclear tests past year.

"We continue to monitor North Korea's actions closely", the USA military said in the statement. "U.S".

US President Donald Trump has also been briefed about the launch, according to a White House official.

On May 14, North Korea fired what analysts called its most successful test ever in its quest to develop ballistic missiles that can carry nuclear warheads.

The North fired a mid-range missile, known as the Pukguksong-2, on May 21 and conducted a KN-06 surface-to-air guided missile test on Saturday.

Monday's missile launch was North Korea's third in just over three weeks.

Earlier, the South Korean military said South Korean President Moon had ordered an NSC [National Security Council] meeting to discuss the latest North Korean launch. The military said it was a short-range Scud missilethat flew about 450km (280 miles). It has a strong arsenal of short- and medium-range missiles that could hit Japan and South Korea as well as USA forces in the region, and it is working to flawless its longer-range missiles.

Now reports of a North Korean missile landing in Japan's exclusive economic zone, confirmed by a Japanese spokesperson, are coming to light. On CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned a war with North Korea would be "catastrophic". The North has a strong arsenal of short- and medium-range missiles that target Japan and South Korea and US forces in the region, and it is working to flawless its longer-range missiles.

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. It wasn't clear from the state media report when the test happened.

The official Korean Central News Agency cited Kim as ordering officials to mass-produce and deploy the system all over the country so as to "completely spoil the enemy's wild dream to command the air". "We have strongly protested to North Korea and condemn its actions in the strongest terms".

He added: "Japan absolutely can not tolerate North Korea's repeated provocative actions".

  • Leroy Wright