North Korea showed China 'disrespect' by firing missile

The missile launched from the coastal town of Wonsan, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

The ministers are expected to confirm the need for the global community to exert further pressure on North Korea as it has conducted a series of missile launches this year and could plan a sixth nuclear test despite U.N. Security Council resolutions banning it from carrying out either activity, the officials said.

It comes a day after North Korean state media reported Kim had supervised the test of a new anti-aircraft system and ordered its mass production and deployment throughout the country.

Japan's prime minister vowed to take "specific action" after North Korea launched another missile that plunged into the Sea of Japan, the latest provocation from the regime's bellicose leader Kim Jong Un.

A man stands near a screen showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with a report of North Korea's missile launch, in Tokyo Monday, May 29, 2017. It was not clear from the report when the test happened.

"North Korea has shown great disrespect for their neighbor, China, by shooting off yet another ballistic missile. but China is trying hard!" Monday's missile launch was the third one by North Korea since Moon's inauguration on May 10.

The latest launch demonstrates the North's confidence and its determination to secure leverage in any future negotiations with the U.S., said Cho Han-Bum, analyst at the Korea Institute for National Unification. "In order to deter North Korea, we will take concrete action with the United States", he said.

It was the latest in a string of launches as the North seeks to build nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that can reach the U.S. mainland. The projectile is said to be fired in the eastern direction. Tensions around North Korea may be eased only by diplomatic means through mutual and collective guarantees of non-interference and implementing resolutions of the UN Security Council, Russian senator Konstantin Kosachev wrote on his Facebook page on Monday.

Japan lodged a protest against the North's latest missile launch, which appeared to have landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone.

"We urge the North to immediately halt any armed provocation that undermines peace on the Korean Peninsula and of the global community", Back Hye-ryun, spokeswoman for the ruling Democratic Party, said in her written statement.

US officials confirmed the missile launch.

South Korea and Japan have condemned the launches, but North Korea has said its missile testing is in reaction to threats against it by the South, the United States and Japan.

  • Leroy Wright