N. Korea fires 4 banned ballistic missiles into sea
North Korea on Monday fired four banned ballistic missiles that flew about 1,000km, with three of them landing in waters that Japan claims as its exclusive economic zone, South Korean and Japanese officials said, in an apparent reaction to huge military drills by Washington and Seoul that Pyongyang insists are an invasion rehearsal.
It was not immediately clear the exact type of missile fired, but the tests will be viewed as a provocation by the Trump administration, which is working on its policy for North Korea.The New York Times reported over the weekend that the United States still couldn’t effectively counter Pyongyang's actions despite efforts to perfect cyber and electronic strikes against North Korea’s missile programme.
Pyongyang had test-launched a series of missiles of various ranges in recent months, including a new intermediate-range missile last month; it also conducted two nuclear tests last year. The ramped-up tests come as leader Kim Jong-un pushed for a nuclear and missile programme that can deter what he calls US and South Korean hostility toward the North.
There has been widespread worries that the North will conduct an ICBM test that, when perfected, could in theory reach the US mainland.
US national security adviser H.R. McMaster and senior South Korean presidential official Kim Kwan-jin talked by phone after the missile firings.
The two condemned the launches and agreed to boost cooperation to get the North to face more effective sanctions and pressure, according to South Korea’s presidential office.
Japanese officials said three missiles landed in the 200-nautical-mile offshore area, where Tokyo had sovereign rights for exploring and exploiting resources.
A South Korean watching news broadcasts reporting on North Korea test-firing ballistic missiles, in Seoul yesterday.