China calls for restraint after North Korea missile launch over Japan

China calls for restraint after North Korea missile launch over Japan

China on Tuesday called for restraint from all sides after North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan and landed in waters off the northern region of Hokkaido.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the call while briefing newsmen.

“North Korea’s reckless action is an unprecedented, serious and a grave threat to our nation,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters.

Abe said he spoke to Trump on Tuesday and they agreed to increase pressure on North Korea.

Trump also said the United States was “100 per cent with Japan”, Abe told reporters.

The UN Security Council would meet later on Tuesday to discuss the test, diplomats said.

On Aug. 3, the 15-member Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea in response to two long-range missile launches in July.

South Korea’s military said the missile was launched from near the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, just before 6 a.m. (2100 GMT Monday) and flew 2,700 km (1,680 miles), reaching an altitude of about 550 km (340 miles).

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“We will respond strongly based on our steadfast alliance with the United States if North Korea continues nuclear and missile provocations,” the South’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

Four South Korean fighter jets bombed a military firing range on Tuesday after President Moon Jae-in asked the military to demonstrate capabilities to counter North Korea.

Also, Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said that the type of the missile launched by Pyongyang has the potential to fly as far out as the US territory of Guam in the Western Pacific,

“The flight range of the missile is amounted to 5,000 kilometers [3,107 miles.] Obviously, the missile of that type could reach Guam,” Onodera said, as quoted by the Kyodo news agency.

The minister confirmed that all the parts of the missile fell 1,180 km from the Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido.

According to earlier reports, the missile separated into three parts.

North Korea launched a missile which flew over Japan before falling into the Pacific Ocean 1,180 km east of Hokkaido.

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The launch was conducted at 5.57 a.m. local time (21:27 GMT on Monday).

The Japanece military said the projectile was likely a Hwasong-12 ballistic missile.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have recently escalated, particularly between the United States and North Korea, following the UN Security Council’s adoption of new sanctions against Pyongyang on Aug. 5.

Washington and Pyongyang exchanged heated warnings, with President Donald Trump promising to meet any North Korean threat with “fire and fury” and North Korea saying it was considering a strike near Guam.(Reuters/NAN)

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