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The North Korea’s military segment responsible for striking US bases in Japan was involved in on Monday’s launch of four ballistic missiles, according to the KCNA state media.
Three of the missiles which were fired as part of drills by North Korea’s Hwasong artillery units, landed within 200 miles Japan’s coastline in its exclusive economic zone, KCNA stated Tuesday.
The statement said the units were part of “the KPA Strategic Force tasked to strike the bases of the US imperialist aggressor forces in Japan in contingency.”
According to KCNA, the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un himself supervised the country’s ballistic missile launches and it reported the satisfactory performance of the units.
Presently, there are some 54,000 US troops situated in not less than seven bases across Japan, from the far north of Misawa Air Base to Okinawa in Japan’s southernmost islands.
The United States has invested about $5.5 billion in 2016 to set up the military bases in Japan.
Trump talks to Japan, S. Korea
World leaders were quick to condemn North Korea’s actions.
US Sean Spicer, White House press secretary said, “The launches are consistent with North Korea’s long history of provocative behavior. The United States stand with our allies in the face of this very serious threat.
“The Trump administration is taking steps to enhance our ability to defend against North Korea’s ballistic missiles, such as through the deployment of a THAAD battery to South Korea.”
The Prime Minister of Japan Shizo Abe in a brief told reporters that he spoke with President Donald Trump by phone at about 8 a.m. Tuesday local time (6.p.m. ET Monday) and came to unianimous conclusion that the missile launches were a “clear violation of the UN Security Council resolutions” and a threat to the international community.
Also, a US official says, President Trump spoke Monday with the acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn to discuss North Korea’s missile test.
More so, office of the acting president of South Korea has agreed to ramp annual military drills, pressure and impose sanctions against the DPRK.
The United Nations Security Council has scheduled to meet and discuss North Korea in closed consultations at 10.a.m. Wednesday morning, and shifted an already scheduled Syria meeting to 3 p.m.
António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General has condemned North Korea’s missile launch saying, “Such actions violate Security Council resolutions and seriously undermine regional peace and stability.”
Military authorities of South Korea, Japan and the US have confirmed the missile launch of four rockets that traveled almost 1,000 kilometers (620 miles).
The United States’ military officials have said they were extended range SCUD missiles; and although a fifth missile was actually fired it later failed.
This isn’t the first time North Korea has launched multiple missiles over this distance. It will be recalled that this is not the first time North Korea has fired multiple projectiles over this distance.
In September 2016, the DPRK equally fired three ballistic missiles about 1,000 kilometers to land in Japan’s Air Defense Identification Zone that sparked a wide range of strong response.