North Korea has launched Tuesday a missile that flew over Japan for about 15 minutes. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe denounced as a “most serious and grave” threat.
Abe, who shared a 40-minute phone call with US President Donald Trump in response to the launch, said the two leaders had agreed to call for an immediate emergency meeting of the UN security council “and increase the pressure towards North Korea.”
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During the call, Trump reiterated that the United States “stands with Japan 100%” said Abe.
North Korea reported the news by headline: “Trump, Abe agree now is not right time for dialogue with N. Korea: report”
The full report citing a Japanese media reads:
TOKYO, Aug. 29 (Yonhap) — U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed Tuesday that now is not the right time for dialogue with North Korea during their phone conversation held after North Korea’s provocative launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile, Kyodo News reported.
“The latest launch makes it clear” the time is not right for dialogue with the North and increased pressure is instead necessary, the Japanese news agency said, quoting a senior Japanese official.
In the talks, Trump also reassured America’s defense commitment to Japan, saying the U.S. is “100 percent with Japan,” according to the report.
The two leaders also shared their view that the roles of China and Russia are very important in addressing the North Korean issue.
Early Tuesday morning, North Korea fired a mid-range ballistic missile from its capital Pyongyang. The missile went over Japan to fly more than 2,700 kilometers before landing in the North Pacific Ocean, according to the South Korean military.
The Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano, chairman of meetings of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, has expressed grave concern, called on North Korea to halt provocative actions.
The Latest: Philippines and Indonesia condemn North Korea’s launch of a missile that flew over Japan. https://t.co/DJ2qLlIdfN
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 29, 2017
The missile was fired just before 6 a.m. and set off warnings in the northern part of the country urging people to seek shelter.
The South Korean military said Tuesday it conducted three flight tests of two types of new missiles with ranges of 800 kilometers (497 miles) and 500 kilometers (310 miles) on Aug. 24 and that the missiles were close to being operationally deployed.
The military released footage of the tests of the longer-range missile that showed the missile being fired from a truck-mounted launcher and hitting a land-based target.