The White House has announced that the US national security adviser spoke separately with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts on Tuesday about North Korea’s missile launch over Japan.
“In both calls, National Security Advisers consulted on appropriate and robust joint and international responses, and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan reinforced the ironclad commitments of the United States to the defense of Japan and the ROK (South Korea).” Spokesperson Adrienne Watson said in a statement released Monday evening local time.
North Korea fired a medium-range ballistic missile (IRBM) over Japan on Tuesday, prompting Tokyo to activate the country’s missile alert system and ordering people to seek refuge.
In a separate statement, the US Indo-Pacific Command also condemned the missile launch.
“The United States condemns these actions and calls on the DPRK to refrain from further unlawful and destabilizing acts,” said a statement issued Monday, using North Korea’s official abbreviation.
The last time North Korea fired a missile at Japan was in 2017, when Pyongyang’s leader Kim Jong Un had insulted then-US President Donald Trump.
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