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US Detects, Tracks Multiple North Korea Missile Launches

US Detects, Tracks Multiple North Korea Missile Launches”

"North Korea today fired four ballistic missiles nearly simultaneously and they flew some 1,000 kilometres (620 miles)", Abe said in parliament.

Acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn said Monday's launch showed the importance of thoroughly carrying out the military exercises and making full diplomatic efforts to ensure U.N. Security Council resolutions and sanctions against the North are fully implemented.

A shocked worldwide community has condemned North Korea after it launched four ballistic missiles on Monday morning, three of which fell into Japanese waters.

13 unanimously condemned the missile test by North Korea.

On Sept. 5 a year ago, North Korea fired three ballistic missiles from mobile launchpads almost simultaneously, with all landing nearly at the same point.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in January that the country was close to test-firing an ICBM, although experts are unclear on how true that is, and some believe the country could be years away from developing technology capable of striking the USA with a nuclear warhead.

The missiles, fired from the Tongchang-ri region near North Korea's border with China, landed in waters as close as 300km from Japan's north-west coast, Reuters reported.

Washington would consider such a capability a major threat.

The launches also came three weeks after the North test-fired a new intermediate-range ballistic missile powered by solid fuel.

The United States has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea, and 50,000 in Japan, as a deterrent against a potential aggression from the North.

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Malaysia has condemned the recent missile launches by North Korea, saying that the isolated nation has demonstrated disregard for world peace. But he said it would likely have the opposite effect as Washington tightens its security relationships with South Korea and Japan. In that case, detecting signs of missile attacks becomes more hard because the North will have a shorter time to prepare a launch.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tokyo lodged a "strong protest" to North Korea after the launch of what it said were four ballistic missiles.

The European Union has also condemned North Korea for firing the four banned ballistic missiles and said it would consult with Japan and global partners on how to react.

The missiles were said to have been launched at 7.36am local time today and landed within Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) - waters over which it has special rights regarding exploration and energy production. It has conducted three successful medium-range rocket launches in the past eight months and two nuclear tests in 2016 in its quest to build an ICBM that could reach the United States.

Experts said Pyongyang is testing President Donald Trump's neophyte administration - and plenty of others are taking note.

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