U.S. and South Korean officials reported that North Korea fired projectile into the sea of Japan, also known as the East sea. According to the American official, the US believes that the projectile was a ballistic missile.
Test called quick response of the US state Department, in contrast to the standard diplomatic condemnation, usually followed with tests of Pyongyang. "North Korea launched one ballistic missile of intermediate range. The United States enough said about North Korea, and we have no further comment," reads the statement of US state Secretary Rex Tillerson. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned the launch and said that the national security Council countries will hold a meeting on this issue.
Missile test North Korea took place just a day before Chinese President XI Jinping visited the President of the United States Donald trump to the summit in Florida, and the United States, Japan and South Korea made the round of trilateral naval exercises off the Korean Peninsula. The United States put pressure on China to pressure North Korea to stop its nuclear program and missile tests, but trump said Sunday that the United States remains prepared to act alone to stop North Korea.
A senior White house official on Tuesday said, "the Time is exhausted, and all options on the table", indicating a failed attempt of the administration to negotiate to end the country's nuclear program. The main problem associated with the arms program of North Korea is that Pyongyang may eventually be equipped with nuclear warheads with long-range missiles. North Korea conducted 5 nuclear tests, including 2 last year, but experts said that the country has not yet developed a nuclear warhead that can be mounted on missiles.
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