North fires its third missile since inauguration

North fires its third missile since inauguration

While North Korea continues to launch missiles, it has not conducted a nuclear test so far this year, which would likely result in a stronger response from the U.S. and perhaps even its ally, China.

"We always assume that, with a testing program, they get better with each test", U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told CBS' "Face the Nation".

It was the third ballistic missile test-launch since South Korea's liberal President Moon Jae-in took office on May 10 pledging to engage with the reclusive neighbour in dialogue.

The South Korean government said that it will take immediate action against any turbulence in the local financial market and the national economy sparked by North Korea's latest missile launch.

China condemned the latest test, reiterating that UN Security Council resolutions had "clear rules" about North Korean missile activities and urging Pyongyang not to contravene them.

"North Korea has shown great disrespect for their neighbor, China, by shooting off yet another ballistic missile. but China is trying hard!"

President Donald Trump on Monday called North Korea's latest missile test a slap in the face for its main ally China, which the U.S. leader praised for trying to rein in the regime.

Spokesman Park said Moon would "thoroughly" talk to U.S. President Donald Trump about his plan.

The missile flew approximately 450 kilometers (280 miles) after being launched eastward from the vicinity of Wonsan, Gangwon Province at 5:39 am, according to the report.

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

"And in the event of war, they would bring danger to China and to Russian Federation as well", he said.

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.

"As we agreed at the recent G7, the issue of North Korea is a top priority for the global community", Abe told reporters on Monday, according to Reuters.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, returning from a G-7 meeting in Italy, said that Japan will work with the United States to deter North Korea.

"We hope that related parties can remain calm and restrained, ease the tension on the peninsula, and bring the peninsula issue into the right track of peaceful dialogue again", the foreign ministry said.

"We are working with our Interagency partners on a more detailed assessment".

"That the North repeated such provocations after the inauguration of our new leadership.is a direct challenge to our demand for peace and denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", the foreign ministry said.

Earlier on Monday, Japan also expressed strong protest to Pyongyang's recent missile launch, saying that the action violates the UN Security Council resolutions.

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