South Korea military officials organized an emergency meeting in the early morning hours of Monday after North Korea launched an “unidentified object.”
According to Fox News, a statement was issued from the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii that confirmed that a missile was launched at 5:40 a.m. on Monday from Wonsan on North Korea’s eastern coast.
The missile was believed to be from the Scud series, the Soviet-developed short-range missile that was used during the Iraq War in 1991.
Conservative Tribune reports:
Unlike most of North Korea’s recent launches, the missile fired early Monday was not of a new class of weapons. The North Koreans have a considerable stockpile of Scuds, which can fly up to 620 miles in modified trim; Monday’s launch only flew 280 miles.
However, the missile launch was the third since South Korean President Moon Jae In was elected and sworn in on May 10, which was enough to press President Moon into calling a meeting of his National Security Council.
Japan responded to the missile launch as well.
“As we agreed at the recent G7, the issue of North Korea is a top priority for the international community,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in remarks to the press. “Working with the United States, we will take specific action to deter North Korea.”
“We cannot tolerate such repeated actions from North Korea, and we have lodged a strong protest against North Korea, criticizing them in the strongest form,” said Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
President Donald Trump was briefed on the launch as well and an official statement is expected later in the week.
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