South Korea’s military just dropped a bombshell when they revealed North Korea fired three ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast on Monday. This came as leaders of the Group of 20 major economies held a summit in China, which is North Korea’s main diplomatic ally.
Reuters reported that the missiles were launched from a region south of the capital Pyongyang just after noon local time. South Korea’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said that the missiles flew about 1,000 km (600 miles) before hitting Japan’s air defense identification zone.
“We are still analyzing details but this is a grave threat to our nation’s security, and we express deep concern,” the Japan Defence Ministry said in a statement.
This is just the latest of the many launches by North Korea this year that have violated the U.N. Security Council resolutions, which are supported by China. These resolutions ban all ballistic missile-related activities by North Korea.
Immediately after the missiles were launched, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met at the G20 summit and agreed to cooperate on monitoring the situation.
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