Following the Sunday landing of a North Korean test missile in the Sea of Japan, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to take action against Pyongyang.
In a brief television address on Monday, Abe said, “As we agreed at the recent G7, the issue of North Korea is a top priority for the international community. Working with the United States, we will take specific action to deter North Korea.”
North Korea’s latest test featured a short-range Scud ballistic missile fired from its eastern coast early Monday which flew for six minutes prior to landing in the Sea of Japan.
According to Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the missile landed within Japan’s exclusive maritime economic zone, yet there were no reports of damage to vessels or planes in the region.
“We cannot tolerate such repeated actions from North Korea, and we have lodged a strong protest against North Korea, criticizing them in the strongest form,” Suga said.
The latest North Korean missile test marks the third the country has conducted in a month as leader Kim Jong-Un attempts to develop a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching the United States.
Russia and China criticized Pyongyang’s latest missile test and called for restraint.
Last Friday, the U.S. military announced this week’s testing of a pioneering missile intercept system which would include launching a custom missile from the Marshall Islands and attempting to shoot it down with an interceptor missile sent from a base in California.
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