PRESIDENT Donald Trump and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe have agreed time for dialogue with North Korea is now over following Pyongyang’s latest missile launch on Tuesday morning.
Mr Abe denounced the launch as an “unprecedented and grave threat” to the country’s security after Pyongyang fired a missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido before crashing into the sea.
In a 40-minute phone call with President Trump, the two leaders agreed to call for an emergency meeting of the UN security council as the odds of an all-out conflict continue to drop.
Japanese media claim ”the latest launch makes it clear” the time is not right for dialogue with the North and increased pressure is instead necessary, quoting a senior Tokyo official.
Meanwhile, President Trump reportedly reaffirmed his commitment to maintaining peace in the region, telling Abe the US is “100 per cent with Japan”.
Mr Trump and Mr Abe also agreed Russia and China have very important roles to play in addressing the North Korea issue.
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- Reports are that 3 missiles fired
- Reports of submarine launched but this appears to be incorrect – missiles launched from eastern part of North Korea
- Missile fired at 0558 Japan time
- One (at least) passed through Japanese air space at 6.06am (Japan time)
- One (at least) landed in the Pacific east of Japan after passing through Japanese airspace
- One of the missile broke up into 3 parts (this may be why reports of 3 missiles – still unclear)