North Korea sparks condemnation by firing missiles towards Japan


People in Pyongyang watch a broadcast about the launch of a surface-to-surface medium long-range ballistic missile on February 12.

The Security Council is set to meet Wednesday for a closed-door briefing on the latest North Korean launches, which coincided with the start of joint us and South Korean annual defense exercises in South Korean territory. It added that it was "closely monitoring the North's military for further provocations and maintaining military readiness".

Three of North Korea's four medium-range ballistic missiles traveled about 600 miles and reached an altitude of 160 miles after being launched from the Dongchang-ri long-range missile site, South Korean military officials said. The two condemned the launches and agreed to boost co-operation to get the North to face more effective sanctions and pressures, according to South Korea's presidential office.

His comments follow China's calls earlier Wednesday for North Korea to suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for a halt in joint military exercises conducted by the US and North Korea. -South Korean military exercise on March 1 created to test defenses against potential North Korean aggression.

"Involved in the drill were Hwasong artillery units of the KPA Strategic Force tasked to strike the bases of the United States imperialist aggressor forces in Japan in contingency", the North's official KCNA news agency said".

North Korea sparked a new wave of global condemnation today after firing four missiles towards Japan.

Abe also referred to the USA government's current review of its policies toward North Korea. Last month, Beijing suspended all coal imports from North Korea for the rest of the year.

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang repeated China's resolute opposition to the THAAD deployment.

But six sets of United Nations sanctions since its first nuclear test in 2006 have failed to halt its drive for what it insists are defensive weapons.

U.S. policy has for many years been that the North must abandon its nuclear weapons programme before full discussions can take place.

Pyongyang has also been blamed by Seoul for the killing of Kim's half-brother Kim Jong-Nam by two women using VX nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur's worldwide airport last month.