Seoul. North Korea tested a short-range missile early Tuesday. Officials of South Korea and Japan have given this information. At an emergency meeting of the National Security Council, the South Korean government expressed outrage over North Korea’s “test of a short-range missile”. Earlier, the South Korean military said that an object fired from North Korea’s North Jagang province headed for the East Sea. The US Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement that the test does not pose an immediate threat to US personnel, the region or our allies, but it highlights the destabilizing effect of the missile test” (North Korea’s) illegal weapons program. “The US commitment to the defense of South Korea and Japan will remain in place.
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South Korean and US officials are analyzing the details of the test. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said what North Korea launched “could be a ballistic missile” and that his government has tightened vigilance and surveillance. Any type of ballistic missile test would violate a United Nations Security Council ban on North Korea’s ballistic activities, but the council generally imposes new sanctions on North Korea for testing short-range missiles. North Korea tested ballistic and cruise missiles earlier this month after nearly six months and demonstrated its ability to strike targets in South Korea and Japan. Both countries are US allies and have 80,000 US troops stationed there. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister Kim Yo-jong said last week that her country was ready to resume talks with South Korea if it abandons hostile policies. Some experts say North Korea wants South Korea to work to get it rid of US-led sanctions.