The officials from South Korea and Japan claimed that the North fired four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan on Monday, violating U.N. Security Council Resolutions that bar Pyongyang from using ballistic missile technology. The development comes within two days after N. Korea vowed “strong retaliatory measures” against joint annual military drills being conducted by the U.S. and the South.
The first missile launch by N. Korea, since U.S. President Donald Trump assumed office, drew swift condemnation from the U.N., Japan and America, writes the BBC. Japanese Prime Minister described the act as a “new stage of threat,” while assuring the parliament that a strong protest has been launched with the reclusive state.
The U.S. national security deputies are mulling their options to counter a growing missile threat from Pyongyang, notes Reuters. One of the options proposes direct strikes on N. Korea’s launch sites while the other suggests reinforcing South Korea’s nuclear arsenal.