Donald Trump Chastises North Korea After Country Launches Ninth Ballistic Missile

Alain Brian
Mai 31, 2017

The South Korean military said it was believed to have been a Scud-type missile that flew 450 km and landed in the sea, the latest in a series of North Korean test launches in recent weeks.

The U.S. Pacific Command says the launch came near the town of Wonsan on North Korea's east coast.

Shinzo Abe said his country will join the United States in taking concrete action against North Korea, following their latest ballistic missile test.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who had just returned from a G7 meeting in Italy, told reporters: "North Korea's provocation by ignoring repeated warning from the global society is absolutely unacceptable".

On Monday, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slammed Pyongyang's missile test, while promising an global reaction towards the North's continued provocations.

David Wright, a senior scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, has been monitoring North Korea's missile development for decades and last week told USA TODAY that Pyongyang's program is making alarming strides.

"Japan absolutely can not tolerate North Korea's repeated provocative actions".

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe center answers to a reporter's question about North Korea's missile launch at his official residence in Tokyo Monday morning
North Korea fires ballistic missile, South Korea says

South Korea's Moon swiftly called a meeting of the National Security Council, South Korea's Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff added.

If the projectile is confirmed to be a ballistic missile, it would be the communist nation's ninth missile test this year. North Korea on Monday fired an appare.

While Trump has vacillated between outrage and empathy towards Kim Jong Un since taking up residence in the White House, in Seoul, South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in, is attempting to combine a hard line approach to military efforts with a softer political approach that seeks to reopen dialogue with the North. "So far, the assessment is there was at least one missile but we are analyzing the number of missiles", he said earlier in the day.

The North's nuclear and missile programmes are perhaps the biggest foreign policy challenges to the new leaders in allies Washington and Seoul.

In a separate statement, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff warned North Korea's repeated provocation would further deepen its worldwide isolation. On Monday morning, a short-range ballistic missile traveled around 450km and landed in the Sea of Japan, 300km off the Japanese coast.

In their final communique, Abe and Trump - along with the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom - said North Korea "increasingly poses new levels of threat of a grave nature to worldwide peace and stability. through its repeated and ongoing breaches of global law".

China reiterated that U.N. Security Council resolutions had "clear rules" about North Korean missile activities and it urged Pyongyang not to contravene them.

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