US condemns 'unacceptable' North Korea missile launches

US condemns 'unacceptable' North Korea missile launches

US condemns 'unacceptable' North Korea missile launches

At the same time North Korea's official news agency claimed that leader Kim Jong-Un personally supervised the test launches by an army unit commissioned with attacking United States military bases in Japan.

Acting leader Hwang Kyo-ahn held phone talks with U.S. President Donald Trump earlier in the day, with the pair reaffirming their commitment to hold North Korea accountable for breaching its commitment to United Nations Security Council resolutions.

South Korea and the United States appear to be speeding up the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system to the peninsula.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the launch was a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

North Korea is reported to have fired four ballistic missiles into the sea, days after it vowed to take "strong retaliatory measures" to US-South Korea military drills it sees as preparation for war.

The first elements of the THAAD system, including two launchers, arrived at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometres south of Seoul, on Monday, the USA and South Korean militaries said, quoted by the Yonhap news agency.

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His comments follow China's calls earlier Wednesday for North Korea to suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for a halt in joint military exercises conducted by the USA and North Korea.

But it mirrors past North Korean offers that were rejected by the United States, which said Pyongyang had no right to demand concessions in return for abiding by UN resolutions. "The exercises by the United States and the Republic of Korea. are defending against threats to worldwide peace and security", British U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said on his way into the meeting of the 15-member council.

North Korea criticises the drills and has previously conducted missile launches to coincide with them. -South Korean military drills that it views as an invasion rehearsal.

On China's ties with the new USA administration, Wang said that they are developing in a "positive direction" since Chinese President Xi Jinping and Trump had a phone conversation about a month ago.

South Korea's military said there was a low chance the missiles were intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

South Korea's Lotte Group has come under pressure in China for providing land to host the system.

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