The White House has announced that the U.S. national security adviser met separately with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts on Tuesday about North Korea’s missile launch over Japan.
“In both talks, National Security Advisers consulted on appropriate and robust joint and international responses and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan reinforced the United States’ rock-solid commitments to the defense of Japan and the ROK (South Korea),” spokeswoman Adrienne Watson of national security. said in a statement issued Monday night, local time.
North Korea fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) over Japan on Tuesday, prompting Tokyo to activate the country’s missile warning system and order people to seek shelter.
In a separate statement, the US Indo-Pacific Command also condemned the missile launch.
“The United States condemns these actions and calls on the DPRK to refrain from any further illegal and destabilizing actions,” it said in a statement issued Monday, using the official abbreviation for North Korea.
The last time North Korea fired a missile over Japan was in 2017, at the height of a period of “fire and fury” when Pyongyang leader Kim Jong-un exchanged insults with then-US President Donald Trump.
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