Japan has raised serious concerns following reports North Korea has launched a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM).
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he’ll bring up the issue of the country’s missile tests at the next G7 Summit.
The South Korean military announced that its neighbours in the north had fired an “unidentified projectile” from a location near Pukchang. It is said to have had a range of around 500km, a height of some 560km and to have landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone. No damage to ships or aeroplanes was reported.
North Korea is said to have carried out the launch on Sunday afternoon local time, from an area close to the northwest coast.
The reports follow recent missile tests from the secretive state. A week ago (May 15), the United Nations Security Council told Pyongyang not to carry out any more tests of that nature.