North Korea fires unidentified projectile, military in Seoul say

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned North Korea's latest missile launch as well as Pyongyang's repeated provocations.

Donald Trump chastised North Korea after the country showed "major disrespect" toward China when it launched its ninth ballistic missile this year.

May 29: South Korean and Japanese officials say North Korea fires a short-range ballistic missile that lands in Japan's maritime economic zone.

It has tested Scud-type short-range missiles many times in the past, most recently in April, according to United States officials.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that "North Korea's provocation by ignoring repeated warnings from the worldwide society is absolutely unacceptable".

"As agreed during the G7 summit, the North Korean problem is the worldwide community's top priority". The North has a strong arsenal of short- and medium-range missiles that target Japan and South Korea and USA forces in the region, and it is working to ideal its longer-range missiles.

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.

North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile towards Japan, which reached an altitude of 75 miles and flew for nearly 300 miles.

April 29: South Korean and US officials say a North Korean midrange ballistic missile, presumably a KN-17, failed shortly after launch.

The Trump administration has now sent two aircraft carriers to the Korean peninsula but war-with-north-korea-would-be-catastrophic-mattis-saysEditUnlink " U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said on "Face the Nation" that a military conflict with North Korea would be catastrophic.

He told CBS News that the North Korean regime has hundreds of artillery cannons and rocket launchers within range of one of the most densely populated cities on Earth - the capital of South Korea. And in the event of war, they would bring danger to China and to Russian Federation as well.

Monday's launch was the third ballistic missile launch by North Korea since South Korean President Moon Jae-in was inaugurated on May 10.

Scud missile parts and equipment found in the cargo hold aboard the North Korean vessel, "So San" discovered after being boarded by Spanish Special Forces in the Gulf of Aden on December 9, 2002. Beijing, the main diplomatic ally of Pyongyang, realises that time was limited to rein in the North's weapons programme through negotiations. Pacific Command said late Sunday it detected the launch of a short-range North Korean ballistic missile from a site near Wonsan Airfield.

Yet, South Korea's Foreign Ministry "strongly condemned" the North's missile test in a statement Monday, calling it a brazen refusal of a joint declaration by Western powers in the Group of Seven, in which North Korea was mentioned as a "top priority" on the global agenda on nonproliferation and disarmament. The session was presided over by Moon's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong and participated in by National Defense Minister Han Min-koo, Foreign Affairs Minister Yun Byung-se, Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo, National Intelligence Service Director Lee Byung-ho and others.

They also agreed to sternly respond to the North's reckless and continued provocations at the UN Security Council.

  • Leroy Wright