The United States condemns the actions of the DPRK and urges it to refrain from further illegal and destabilizing actions. This was stated by the Indo-Pacific Command of the US Armed Forces. The US is consulting closely with Japan and South Korea to address threats from North Korea. They assured their allies that commitments to their defense remained “unwavering”. We recall that earlier North Korea launched a ballistic missile. It fell within Japan’s exclusive economic zone in the Pacific Ocean.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida also condemned North Korea’s actions, calling them “barbaric acts” and called an emergency meeting of the National Security Council. And South Korean head of state Yoon Seok-yeol warned that his country would respond in a decisive way to the missile test. Since the beginning of the year, North Korea has increased its missile tests. The next was last week when the country launched four short-range ballistic missiles. According to Seoul, today’s missile was of medium range. And according to Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada, the missile was probably of the Hwasong-12 type.