North Korea launches a short range ballistic missile

Speaking after the missile struck, Prime Minster Shinzo Abe said Japan would take "specific action" and join the USA to stop Kim.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who just returned from a G7 meeting in Italy, told reporters that "North Korea's provocation by ignoring repeated warnings from the global society is absolutely unacceptable".

Abe said a "firm protest" was lodged with North Korea and the country would take action with "together with the US". The missile flew 450 km and landed in the Sea of Japan, 200-300 km off the coast of Japan. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said there was no report of damage to planes or vessels in the area.

The command says the missile posed no threat to North America.

If the projectile is confirmed to be a ballistic missile, it would be the communist nation's ninth missile test this year.

"The missile technology tests themselves do seem to be the priority of the North Korean regime, to get their technology as strong as possible, as quickly as possible".

"Saying with pride that the missile's rate of hits is very accurate and Pukguksong-2 is a successful strategic weapon, he approved the deployment of this weapon system for action", KCNA said.

The missile was launched shortly after 5 a.m. local time from an airfield near Wonsan, on North Korea's east coast, according to the U.S. Pacific Command and South Korea's joint chiefs of staff.

They are reportedly ready to offer help to North Korea to control malaria in the state and has also clarified the programme in which a civil group is set to visit Kim Jong Un's country.

"The North Korean regime has artillery cannons and rocket launches within range of one of the most densely populated cities on earth, which is the capital of South Korea", Mattis said. On Tuesday the US military will attempt to shoot down an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time.

The White House said President Donald Trump had been briefed on the launch.

The rescue comes as South Korea's new liberal government has pledged a more moderate approach to North Korea including engagement and reopening a communication channel that has been severed amid tension over its arms programs.

A US defense official also said the missile appeared to be a short range SCUD missile.

May 14: North Korea test-fires its newly developed Hwasong-12 missile, which it says can carry a heavy nuclear warhead.

  • Leroy Wright