North Korea early on Friday fired an unidentified missile eastward from the Sunan district in its capital, Pyongyang, South Korea’s military said.
A rare phone readout revealed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offering support Tuesday to his Japanese and South Korean counterparts after a North Korean missile launch.
The White House released a statement on Tuesday condemning North Korea’s missile launch over Japanese airspace, saying “all options are on the table.”
North Korea on Tuesday morning Pyongyang time fired a ballistic missile that passed over Japan in its flight path, according to the South Korean military.
Seven North Korean missile test firings this year threatened commercial jets flying through an impact zone in the Sea of Japan that aviation analysts say poses a growing danger to civilian aircraft.
North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Friday in an unusual late-night test launch from its northern Jangang province that landed in the sea off its east coast, possibly in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, South Korea and Japan said.
President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed on Friday to expand sanctions against North Korea for its continued development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, the White House said in a statement.
During his first visit to Asia as US defense secretary, retired Marine Corps. Gen. James Mattis last week sought to reassure the United States’ two key allies in Northeast Asia that the new Trump administration plans to work closely with both Japan and South Korea.
Defense Secretary James Mattis reassured Japan over the weekend that the United States would defend a pair of disputed islands in the East China Sea controlled by Tokyo but also claimed by Beijing.