South Korea's military says North Korea has fired an unidentified projectile

South Korea's military says North Korea has fired an unidentified projectile

And a week before, on Sunday May 14, North Korea launched its Hwasong-12 intermediate range ballistic missile, a type that could be capable of traveling up to 4,500km.

Following the launch, South Korean President Moon Jae-in called a meeting of the National Security Council.

Abe swiftly condemned Monday's launch and vowed "concrete action" with the US.

The latest demonstration, organized by the Academy of National Defense Science, reportedly showed significant improvements since a similar test of the system in April 2016.

"North Korea, a top priority in the worldwide agenda, increasingly poses new levels of threat of a grave nature to global peace and stability", read a communique issued following the two-day G-7 summit held in Taormina, Italy, according to Russia's Itar-Tass news agency. The launch was the ninth this year by North Korea, which is believed to be steadily advancing toward a missile that can reach the continental United States.

Uruguay's U.N. Ambassador Elbio Rosselli, the current council president, said it was the 11th this year "which basically means a quantum leap and determined effort to acquire aggressive capabilities, and that is of major concern".

North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile towards Japan on Monday, South Korea's military said, amid mounting tensions in the region following a series of missile tests by Pyongyang.

"The United States government is aware. The missile flew 450 km (280 miles) and more details are now being analyzed", the South Korean military said.

Besides its regular ballistic missile test-launches, the North carried out two nuclear tests previous year - in January and September.

But China, the North's main trade partner and ally, has made it clear that the push for diplomatic talks - not imposing more sanctions - was the priority.

The United States has said it is willing to enter into talks with North Korea - but only if it halts its missile and nuclear tests.

Three top officials accompanied the leader for the launch - including a veteran rocket scientist, a former air force general and the head of the blacklisted agency which is believed to be developing North Korea's missiles and nuclear weapons.

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