US consults with allies for 'robust' response to North Korean missile launch

United States consults with allies for response “robust” to fire North Korean missile


The United States has consulted with Japan and South Korea on a “robust” response to Tuesday's firing of a North Korean ballistic missile, which flew over Japan, China said. White House. 

US National Security Advisor Jack Sullivan spoke separately with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts to craft an “appropriate and robust international” response.  

He reaffirmed the United States' “ironclad commitment” to the defense of Japan and South Korea, spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said in a statement.

This firing a medium-range ballistic missile that flew over Japan is the first since 2017 and marks an escalation in Pyongyang's intensive weapons testing campaign.

The South Korean army said it detected this shot from a ballistic missile which flew over a distance of about 4,500 km at an altitude of 970 km, at a speed close to Mach 17, flying over the archipelago towards from the east.

In a separate statement, the US Asia-Pacific Command condemned the launch, saying Washington's “commitments to the defense of Japan and Korea remain unwavering.” . 

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

Pyongyang's last missile launch over Japan was in 2017, at the height of the “fire and fury” period in which the northern leader -Korean Kim Jong Un and then US President Donald Trump exchanged insults. 

Tokyo activated on Tuesday, made i nusual, the country's missile warning system and asking the population concerned to evacuate the premises.