The two allies, United States and Japan has vowed to increase pressure following North Korea’s launching of missile over the Japanese territories.
US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have promised to escalate pressure on North Korea after the regime launched a missile over Japan on Tuesday morning.
Following the launching, Abe has denounced the action as an “unprecedented and grave threat” to the country’s security.
PM Abe has a in-depth conversation to Pres. Trump, in a 40-minute phone call with the US leader. Both agreed to call for an emergency meeting of the UN security council to discuss the situation.
Talking over the recent “attack” or show of force of NoKor, the local officials of South Korea said the missile may have flown further than any other tested by North Korea.
The test, one of the most provocative ever from the reclusive state, sent a clear message to Washington just weeks after Kim Jong-un threatened to target the US Pacific territory of Guam with similar intermediate-range missiles.
It also demonstrated the regime’s willingness to raise the diplomatic stakes by sending a missile directly over Japanese territory. Pyongyang has tested more powerful intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) this year, but Tuesday’s launch followed a much flatter trajectory than those tests.
Trump said the US was “100% with Japan” and repeated his strong commitment to the defence of Japan, Abe said shortly after the call.
“The outrageous act of firing a missile over our country is an unprecedented, serious and grave threat and greatly damages regional peace and security,” Abe told reporters in Tokyo, adding that his government had protested to Pyongyang via the Japanese embassy in Beijing.
The missile was the third fired by North Korea to have passed over Japanese territory. The first was in 1998 and the second in 2009, although Pyongyang claims they were satellites.
Abe said Japan would “strongly call for increased pressure on North Korea in cooperation with the international community” via the security council.
The missile, thought to be a new intermediate-range Hwasong-12, flew over Hokkaido and landed in the Pacific about 733 miles (1,180km) east of the northern Japanese island, South Korean and Japanese officials said.
It can be remembered that the Hwasong-12 is the same type of missile North Korea recently threatened to launch towards Guam.
Meanwhile, China called for restraint and warned that the situation on the Korean peninsular had reached “a tipping point approaching a crisis”.