United States pressure not slowing down N. Korea missile tests

North Korea fired at least one short-range ballistic missile on Monday that landed in the sea off its east coast, the latest in a fast-paced series of missile tests defying world pressure and threats of more sanctions. He said there was no report of damage to planes or vessels in the area.

North Korea, which has conducted dozens of missile tests and tested two nuclear bombs since the beginning of 2016 in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions, says the programme is necessary to counter USA aggression.

"North Korea has shown great disrespect for their neighbour, China, by shooting off yet another ballistic missile", the President tweeted.

It recently ordered mass production of a new ballistic missile capable of striking Japan and major United States military bases.

SouthKorea's Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman Roh Jae-cheon said North Korea was likely showing its determination to push ahead in the face of global pressure to rein in its missile programme and "to pressure the (South Korean) government to change its policy on the North".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vowed to field a nuclear-armed missile that is capable of reaching us territory.

South Korea's military said the Scud-type missile travelled for 280 miles (450 kilometers), and Japan said it was estimated to have fallen into its exclusive economic zone, extending 200 nautical miles from the coast.

This launch is North Korea's third in three weeks and its 12th this year, underscoring Kim Jong Un's determination to advance his regime's technical capabilities and his continued defiance of the global community.

Trump has alternated between bellicosity and flattery in his public statements about North Korea, but his administration is still working to solidify a policy on handling the North's nuclear ambitions. He has signaled an interest in expanding civilian exchanges with North Korea, but it's unclear if he'll be able to push anytime soon for major rapprochement while the North continues to make serious advances in its nuclear and missile programs.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that G7 leaders had agreed that repeated provocations by North Korea were seen as a top priority for the global community. Suga, the Japanese Cabinet secretary, said the missile fell about 300 kilometers (190 miles) north of the Oki islands in southwestern Japan and 500 kilometers (310 miles) west of Sado island in central Japan.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to take action against North Korea after Pyongyang's missile test on Sunday ended in the Sea of Japan.

North Korea has now conducted nine missile launches this year - three in just the past three weeks.

  • Leroy Wright