North Korea

North Korea shoots projectile into sea off South Korea days before Trump-Xi Jinping summit

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 April, 2017, 6:28am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 April, 2017, 7:10am

North Korea fired an unidentified projectile on Wednesday from the Sinpo region on its east coast into the sea off the Korean Peninsula, South Korea’s military said.

“North Korea fired an unidentified projectile into the Sea of Japan this morning from (the eastern port of) Sinpo,” South Korea’s defence said in a statement.

If confirmed to be a missile, it would be the latest such launch by Pyongyang and will fuel international concerns about the isolated regime’s military ambitions.

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The launch comes just ahead of a summit meeting between US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping this week the North’s arms development is likely to be discussed.

Trump threatened the United States was prepared to go it alone in bringing the North to heel if China did not step in.

North Korea’s foreign ministry on Monday assailed Washington for its tough talk and for an ongoing joint military exercise with South Korea and Japan which Pyongyang sees as a dress rehearsal for invasion.

The “reckless actions” are driving the tense situation on the Korean peninsula “to the brink of a war”, a ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by the official KCNA news agency.

The hardened US stance followed two North Korean nuclear tests last year and recent missile launches that Pyongyang described as practise for an attack on US bases in Japan.

Pyongyang is barred under UN resolutions from carrying out ballistic missile launches or nuclear tests.