Days after North Korea launched its second Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) which fell within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Japan, several of Korea’s neighbors have expressed alarm and apprehension over the launch, which is the second such launches for just a month.
The launch came shortly before the convening of security ministers of ASEAN in the Philippines. North Korean officials are attending the conference.
Japan’s Prime Minister Abe has called for the convening of the National Security Council (NSC). Japan says the test is a “severe and real” threat to its National security. Meanwhile, South Korea says it is preparing for any possible repercussions of the North’s brazen act.
Trump has condemned the action by ordering the US military, in coordination with the South Koreans, to conduct live fire sessions directed at North Korea. Missiles were fired and it fell into the South Korean sea, very near Japan.