Published On: Tue, Aug 29th, 2017

North Korea launches missile over Japan; Trump and Abe vow to increase pressure on Pyongyang

North Korea news agency reports: "Trump, Abe agreed 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."

 

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.”

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 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 unidentified missile flew over the northern island of Hokkaido and broke into three pieces before falling into the Pacific Ocean, about 1,180 kilometers (733 miles) off the Japanese coast.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga call for an emergency press conference and said: “There is no immediate report of the fallen objects and no damage to the ships and aircraft,” he added.
The missile was launched near the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, which is an unusual act.
CNN’s Will Ripley reported from Pyongyang, said the North Korean people are unaware the news. It had not been broadcast yet as of 9:45 a.m. local time.
South Korea responded by conducting a bombing drill at 9:30 a.m. local time to test its “capability to destroy the North Korean leadership” in cases of emergency, an official with the country’s Defense Ministry told CNN.

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.

The missile is considered a key component to the so-called “kill chain” pre-emptive strike capability the South is pursuing to cope with the North’s growing nuclear and missile threat.
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