Since US President Donald Trump took office, North Korea launched its first ballistic missile on Sunday, February 12, from North Pyongan Province landing to the Sea of Japan on a 500 km trajectory.
“North Korea’s most recent missile launch is absolutely intolerable. North Korea must fully comply with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a news conference at Palm Beach, Florida.
The test-fire happened when Abe visited Trump in the United States. With that, Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the launch was “a clear provocation to Japan and the region.”
Recalling the UN Security Council resolutions, North Korea is not allowed to perform ballistic missile launches. The resolution also aims to control the country’s nuclear weapon development.
“This is a clear violation of the (UN Security Council resolution) and threat to peace and security of the Korean peninsula and the entire international community. The government strongly condemns it,” South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho June-Hyuck said after South Korea held an emergency meeting.
On the other hand, Trump spoke after Abe and assured that the United States fully support its great ally, Japan.
Meanwhile, acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn has been working with the Joint Chiefs of Staff regarding North Korea’s action.
“The South Korean government and the international community are working together to take punitive actions appropriate for this launch,” Hwang said.