North Korea launches ballistic missile towards Sea of Japan: Seoul

July 4, 2017 5:07 am

This undated photo released by ’s official Korean Central Agency (KCNA) on May 30, 2017 shows a test-fire of a ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in . (Photos by AFP)

North has launched what is believed to be a ballistic missile towards the Sea of Japan,  says.
“North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile into the East Sea from the vicinity of Banghyon, North Pyongan province, at around 9:40am,” said South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff early on Tuesday.
The latest test comes just hours after US President Donald Trump and  Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to exert added pressure on North Korea over its missile and nuclear development programs.

US President Donald Trump (R) takes part in a bilateral meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Villa Diodoro on the sidelines of the Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the G7, the group of most industrialized economies, plus the European Union, on May 26, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. 

Trump and Abe also agreed to hold trilateral talks on the subject of ’s nuclear activities with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit, which begins Friday in Germany.
On June 3, the United Nations Security Council imposed a fresh array of sanctions on North Korea in response to a number of missile tests carried out by Pyongyang this year.
Unsettled by North Korean missile and nuclear programs, the US has adopted a war-like posture, sending a strike group and conducting joint military drills with North Korea’s regional adversaries Japan and South Korea.
The US also recently deployed an advanced missile system on South Korean soil to counter potential threats from the North, angering Pyongyang.
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