North Korea launched another ballistic missile for the third time in a span of three weeks in reaction to threats against it by South Korea, the United States and Japan, according to it.
The short-range ballistic missile was fired at 5:39 a.m. local time (4:39 p.m. Sunday ET) from an area near Wonsan, Kangwon province, toward the eastern part of the Korean Peninsula, and fell within 200 miles of Japan’s coastline.
North Korea’s third missile launch in three weeks land to Japan’s area. Photo by CNN
“This launch is extremely problematic act for the safety of airplanes and ships and is clearly violating the UN resolution. The repeated provocative acts by North Korea is absolutely not acceptable,” Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a statement.
On the other hand, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said a “firm protest” against North Korea is settled with South Korea, promising “concrete action” in response while the South Korean defense chiefs added the North would face “strong punishment from our military.”
“North Korea’s continuous provocative actions will cause its own isolation and it will be facing strong punishment from our military, South Korea and US alliance and the international community,” South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.
Meanwhile, South Korean President Moon Jae-In and his government detested the launch and considered it a severe threat to the peace and stability of not only the Korean Peninsula, but also the international community, especially Moon has been vocal about reconciling with the North.
Prior to this launch, North Korea, according to analysts, fired its most successful test ever by launching ballistic missiles that can carry nuclear warheads to the US territory, Guam on May 14.
On May 21, Pyongyang sent a medium-range ballistic missile into the waters off its east coast, projecting a ground-to-ground strategic ballistic missile Pukguksong-2, state news agency KCNA reported.
Moreover, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said the test showed the missile is ready for deployment and mass production.