North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan’s northern Hokkaido Island into the sea early on Tuesday, that provoked sharp reaction from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other leaders. This was reported by Reuters.
The test, one of the most provocative ever from the reclusive state, appeared to have been of a recently developed intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missile, experts said. It came as U.S. and South Korean forces conduct annual military drills on the peninsula, to which North Korea strenuously objects.
North Korea has conducted dozens of ballistic missile tests under young leader Kim Jong Un, the most recent on Saturday, but firing projectiles over mainland Japan is rare.
“North Korea’s reckless action is an unprecedented, serious and a grave threat to our nation,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters.
Abe said he spoke to Trump on Tuesday and they agreed to increase pressure on North Korea. Trump also said the United States was “100 percent with Japan”, Abe told reporters.
The United Nations Security Council would meet later on Tuesday to discuss the test, according to diplomats.
As it was reported earlier DPRK launches another missile that flew over Japan. Tokyo warned citizens in the north of the country to take cover in basements.