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The launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea is described by Japan as “unforgivable and terrible.”

North Korea’s firing of a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile that landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone was slammed by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday as a “outrageous, inexcusable” crime.

North Korea was endangering “the peace and security of Japan, the region, and the international community,” Kishida warned Thursday in Brussels, where he would meet with members of the Group of Seven. “This is not acceptable.”

North Korea’s test launch of a new intercontinental missile on Thursday was criticized by the US, which urged the international community to hold Pyongyang accountable for violating UN Security Council resolutions.

Pyongyang has conducted nearly a dozen nuclear tests this year, in defiance of UN sanctions, the most powerful of which was conducted in 2017.

In a statement, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki stated that Washington “strongly condemns the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for its test of a long-range ballistic missile.”

“This launch is a flagrant breach of multiple UN Security Council resolutions, raising unnecessary tensions and putting the region’s security situation at danger.”

The comment was made as US Vice President Joe Biden arrived at NATO headquarters in Brussels for a day of meetings with NATO allies, G7 states, and the European Union.

“We call on all countries to hold the DPRK accountable for such transgressions and to invite the DPRK to the table for genuine dialogue,” the statement read.

“Diplomacy is still open, but Pyongyang must immediately halt its destabilizing acts.”

In response, the South Korean military announced it had fired missiles from the ground, sea, and air.

In reaction to a North Korean ICBM, South Korea unleashes a volley of missiles.

The South Korean military announced it has launched a missile barrage in response to North Korea’s test of a new intercontinental ballistic missile on Thursday.

Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff stated in a statement that “in response to North Korea’s ICBM launch, our military jointly fired missiles from land, sea, and air” from 16:25 (7:25 GMT) in the Sea of Japan.

 

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