North Korea fires ballistic missile ahead of G20 summit

July 04 2017
North Korea fires ballistic missile ahead of G20 summit

North Korea test-launched a ballistic missile from its western regioninto the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, South Korea's military said, ahead of a summit of leaders from the Group of 20 nations in Germany later this week.

The missile flew for about 40 minutes and landed in Japan's ExclusiveEconomic Zone (EEZ), the Japanese government said, adding it had strongly protested what it called a clear violation of UN resolutions.

The missile flew about 930 kilometres (580 miles), the South's Officeof the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, adding the altitude reached by the projectile was still being analyzed.

North Korea is ignoring repeated warnings from the international community, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday. Abe said he will ask the presidents of China and Russia to play more constructiveroles in efforts to stop the North's arms programme.

It was the fourth ballistic missile launched by the North since SouthKorean President Moon Jae-in took office in May, vowing to use dialogueas well as pressure to bring Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmesunder control.

Following the news of the latest launch, U.S. President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter: "North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?" in a reference to the North's leader Kim Jong Un.

"Hard to believe South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!"

The White House offered no immediate comment on the missile launch on Tuesday.