US consults allies for ‘strong’ response to North Korean missile launch

The White House said the United States has consulted with Japan and South Korea for a “strong” response to a North Korean ballistic missile launch over Japan on Tuesday.

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US National Security Adviser Jack Sullivan spoke separately with his counterparts in South Korea and Japan to craft an “appropriate and robust” international response.

In a statement, spokeswoman Adrian Watson said he reaffirmed the “firm commitment of the United States” to the defense of Japan and South Korea.

The launch of a medium-range ballistic missile over Japan is the first since 2017 and marks an escalation of Pyongyang’s extensive weapons testing campaign.

L’armée sud-coreenne a déclaré avoir détecté ce tir d’un missile balistique qui a volé sur une distance d’environ 4 500 km à une altitude de 970 km, à une vitesse proche de Mach 17, survolant l’archipel en direction From East.

In a separate statement, the US Asia-Pacific Command condemned the launch, saying that “Washington’s commitments to defend Japan and Korea remain firm.”

“The United States condemns these actions and calls on the DPRK to refrain from any further illegal and destabilizing actions,” he said in a statement, using the official acronym for North Korea.

Pyongyang’s last missile launch over Japan was in 2017, at the height of the ‘fire and fury’ period when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and then US President Donald Trump traded insults.

On Tuesday, Tokyo uncharacteristically activated the country’s missile warning system and asked affected residents to evacuate.

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