US and South Korea during a military drill earlier this year.

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Kim Jong-un threatens with a missile launch over Japan

North Korea fired an intermediate range ballistic missile about 733 miles off the eastern shore of the Northern Japanese Island in the Pacific at 6 AM (local time) that travelled right above the populous island of Hokkaido. In response to the crisis, Japanese state launched its J-Alert warning system wherein people of Northern island were advised to seek a shelter elsewhere. In a phone call with the American President Trump, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has decided to hold an emergency meeting in the UN in order to find a means to tackle this precarious behaviour of Pyongyang.

North Korea had earlier threatened to launch an intercontinental missile over Guam region of US and a missile launch like this over Japan can be a precedent to a similar attack on the US. Trump has expressed “100 per cent” support from the US towards Japan.

On the other hand, China has given a diplomatic response to the situation with Foreign Ministry saying that China cannot be the party to be blamed since “one party holds constant military exercises … and the other is constantly launching missiles?”. Hua Chunying was referring to the military exercise between US and South Korean troops.

At the ongoing United Nations Conference in Geneva, North Korean diplomat Han Tai Song has defended his nation saying, “Now that the US has openly declared its hostile intention towards the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, by waging aggressive joint military exercises despite repeated warnings … my country has every reason to respond with tough countermeasures as an exercise of its right to self-defence”.Japan has, as a safety measure, deployed Patriot missile defence systems.

Sources – The Guardian, Al Jazeera

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