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North Korea — Disturbing news has surfaced this evening regarding the firing of a submarine-launched missile by the North Koreans that travelled 300 miles in the direction of Japan.
Reports of the successful launch have been carried by Great Britain newspapers and Reuters news service.
The launch by the North Koreans this week coincided with the start of annual military exercises between South Korea and the United States which has been condemned by the North Koreans. And today foreign ministers of South Korea, Japan and China met in Tokyo.
The successful launch of a ballistic missile from a submarine seems to indicate that North Korea is determined to develop and enlarge its nuclear capabilities and present itself as a major player or threat to the rest of the civilized world.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the missile poses a grave threat to Japan’s security and described it as an unforgivable act that damages regional peace and security markedly.
The missile is reported to have entered Japan’s air space after it was launched Tuesday 4:30 p.m. eastern time or 5:30 a.m. North Korean time.
North Korea had attempted several SLBM launches as late as last April, but Tuesday’s launch is the first that has appeared to be successful.
NATO today called for a “firm international response” to the launch, and the U.S. predicted the United Nations (U.N.) would swiftly condemn the launch.