The Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, denounced it North Korea For launching an intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday that fell within his country’s exclusive economic zone.
The Japanese Coast Guard said the missile landed 210 km from an island in northern Hokkaido. There were no reports of damage to ships or aircraft.
“We have, of course, lodged a strong protest against North Korea, which has repeated its provocations at an unprecedented pace,” Kishida told reporters in Thailand, where he is attending an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting. His remarks were broadcast live in Japan.
Kishida said: “We said (to Pyongyang) that we can never tolerate such actions.”
Japan and the United States and South Korea He must coordinate closely to work towards the complete denuclearization of North Korea.”
The launch came a day after North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile during a warning “Vicious military reactions” to US efforts to bolster its security presence in the region with its allies, saying Washington is taking “a gamble you will regret.”
“North Korea launched an ICBM ballistic missile from near the western coast of the Korean Peninsula at around 10:14 (0114 GMT) today,” the Japanese Defense Ministry said in a statement on Friday.
Seoul specialist NK News reported that photos and videos taken from Pyongyang showed a white tunnel in the sky that was visible from the city.
South Korea’s presidential office said the National Security Council met on Friday to discuss the supposed launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The launch was North Korea’s second intercontinental ballistic missile test this month. Outside experts said an intercontinental ballistic missile launched by North Korea on November 3 failed mid-flight.
It is believed that this test included a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile.
North Korea has two other types of ICBMs – the Hwasong-14 and Hwasong-15 and their test launches in 2017 proved that they can reach parts of the US mainland.
This year, North Korea conducted a record number of such tests, which are prohibited by UN Security Council resolutions that imposed sanctions on the country over its missile and nuclear weapons programmes.
North Korea also fired hundreds of artillery shells into the sea recently, as South Korea and the United States conducted exercises, some of which took place in Japan.
The country had held off weapons launches for about a week before Thursday’s test, which preceded North Korea’s foreign minister, Choe Son Hui, and threatened “vicious” military responses.
Choe was referring to the recent tripartite summit that US President Joe Biden held with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts on the sidelines of a regional meeting in Cambodia.
In their joint statement, the three leaders strongly condemned North Korea’s recent missile tests and agreed to work together to strengthen deterrence. Biden reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to defending South Korea and Japan with a full range of capabilities, including their nuclear weapons.
Kishida said Thursday night that he had expressed “serious concerns” to Chinese President Xi Jinping on security issues, including North Korea, after the two leaders had their first face-to-face talks.
“On North Korea, I expressed our expectation that China would play a role, including in the United Nations Security Council,”
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