World North Korea fires unidentified projectile
Japan, US, S Korea discuss N Korea day after missile launch
TOKYO (AP) — Senior diplomats from Japan, the United States and South Korea gathered Tuesday in Tokyo to discuss North Korea's missile and nuclear development a day after Pyongyang announced it successfully tested new long-range cruise missiles, suggesting advancement of its military capabilities. The three-way meeting included U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim, South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk prepare to attend their trilateral meeting on North Korea's issues at Foreign Ministry Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 n Tokyo.
North Korea fired what has been described as an unidentified projectile towards the Sea of Japan, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
The Japanese Coast Guard also said an object was fired and that it may have been a ballistic missile.
If it is a ballistic missile, it contravenes UN resolutions designed to curb the North's nuclear activities.
South Korea and Japan gave no further details.
It comes just days after North Korea tested a long-range cruise missile capable of hitting much of Japan.
Experts say the cruise missile could possibly carry a nuclear warhead.
The UN Security Council does not forbid the test of cruise missiles.
But it considers ballistic missiles to be more threatening because they can carry bigger and more powerful payloads, have a much longer range, and can fly faster.
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