Trump briefed on North Korean firing of projectile: White House


North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile Monday morning that landed in the ocean, the U.S. military said.

That missile was successfully launched near the North Korean coastal city of Wonsan and flew about six miles before falling into the Sea of Japan.

"The firing of the ballistic missile of this time is extremely problematic in terms of safety of aircraft and ships", Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief cabinet secretary, told reporters in an emergency news conference.

"Japan absolutely can not tolerate North Korea's repeated provocative actions".

"We continue to monitor North Korea´s actions closely", PACOM said in a statement.

"The United States government is aware", the White House official said.

The United States plans to test its first anti- intercontinental ballistic missile defense system this week, defense officials announced.

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi is scheduled to arrive in Tokyo on Monday for talks with Shotaro Yachi, the head of the National Security Council, Japan's foreign ministry said in a statement.

Pyongyang has conducted dozens of missile tests and tested two nuclear bombs since the start of 2016, in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.

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Already, he added, North Korea posed a "direct threat" to the USA and its neighbors.

World leaders are grappling with how to halt provocations by the isolated nation, with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in seeking engagement while U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe take a harder line. He stressed that the fact that Pyongyang possesses "hundreds of artillery cannons and rocket launchers" within range of South Korean capital of Seoul would make the potential conflict particularly unsafe.

The North's Scud missiles using liquid fuel is known to have a range of 300-500 km, mainly targeting the South.

After the test, Kim said the weapon system's ability to detect and track targets had "remarkably" improved and its accuracy also increased, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.

There was no immediate comment from the North's state controlled media.

North Korea has also boasted about its plans to develop a missile capable of striking the United States and has ignored all calls to halt its weapons programs, insisting that it's necessary to counter US aggression.

Over the past few months, the young leader has overseen several military drills, including the test-firing of a medium-range ballistic missile last Sunday, as Washington seeks to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang to curb its nuclear ambitions.

The new reported launches come amid heightened tension in the Korean peninsula after global condemnation of several banned ballistic missile tests this year.