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Japan vows action after North Korea launches missile into its waters

Japan vows action after North Korea launches missile into its waters

Japan's Defense Ministry reported it was possible that the North Korean missile may have landed in the Sea of Japan inside Japan's economic exclusion zone, which stretches 200 miles from its shoreline. North Korea fired "at least one" short-range ballistic missile from its eastern coast early on Monday morning.

North Korea, which also tested two nuclear devices a year ago, fired a short-range ballistic missile that flew about 280 miles and reached an altitude of about 75 miles, South Korea's military said.

The unidentified projectile was sacked from the region of Wonsan on its east coast in an easterly direction, South Korea's military said, coming after a series of test-launches of missiles in recent weeks.

The missile appears to be a short-range ballistic scud missile that Japan said could have easily hit an airplane or a ship in the area.

North Korea has continued to ignore a United Nations resolution in banning all nuclear and missile activity and instead has increased the number of tests in recent months.

The Security Council adopted two sanctions resolutions previous year to pile pressure on Pyongyang and deny the regime the hard currency needed to fund its military programmes.

May 14: North Korea test-fires its newly developed Hwasong-12 missile, which it says can carry a heavy nuclear warhead.

January 20: Donald Trump inaugurated as US president.

North Korea has fired an unidentified projectile from the east coast region of Wonsan on Monday.

There was no immediate comment from North Korea's state controlled media.

Trump has alternated between bellicosity and flattery in his public statements about North Korea, but his administration is still working to solidify a policy on handling the North's nuclear ambitions.

Japan says it will join forces with the USA to apply sanctions against defiant North Korea over its continued missile tests to deter it from launching more projectiles.

"We can not accept North Korea continuing belligerence ignoring the repeated warnings from the global community", said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

South Korea President Moon Jae-In scheduled a meeting of the national security council to assess the launch from their neighbor. It was tracked for six minutes, U.S.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said a "firm protest" was lodged with North Korea.

It last conducted a ballistic missile test a week ago.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the test of a new-type anti-aircraft guided weapon system organised by the Academy of National Defence Science in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) May 28, 2017.

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