15 September 2017
By Justice Nwafor
The United States, and North Korea’s neighbours, Japan and South Korea have reacted to the North’s latest ballistic missile test over Japanese territory, Al-Jazeera reports.
The missile which was fired early Friday was described by analysts as an intermediate-range ballistic missile.
The ballistic test comes on the heels of the North’s earlier threat to sink Japan and reduce the U.S. to “ashes and darkness” for leading the latest UN Security Council sanctions imposed on the country.
Yoshihide Sug, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, said the projectile was launched on Friday (21:57 GMT Thursday) and flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido before falling into the Pacific Ocean – 2,000km east of Cape Erimo. It splashed down at 22:16 GMT.
He warned, the country can “never tolerate this repeated extreme provocative action”.
“Japan protests the latest launch in the strongest terms and will take appropriate and timely action at the United Nations and elsewhere, staying in close contact with the United States and South Korea,” Suga maintained.
In response, South Korea’s ministry of defence said its military conducted a live-fire ballistic missile drill in response to the North’s launch.
The South Korean and U.S. militaries are analysing details of the launch, the South’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
South Korea’s presidential Blue House called an urgent National Security Council meeting, according to Al-Jazeera.
On the other hand, the US military said it detected a single intermediate-range ballistic missile.
It did not pose a threat to North America or the US Pacific territory of Guam, Commander Dave Benham, a spokesman for US Pacific Command, said in a statement, citing an initial assessment.