The UN Security Council unanimously passed a fresh resolution in late November that tightened sanctions on North Korea, including cutting the country's coal exports, after the regime conducted its fifth nuclear test in September.
North Korea has test-fired a missile towards the Sea of Japan.
On Sunday morning, at roughly 7:55 a.m. Korea Standard Time (KST), North Korea launched an unknown ballistic missile from its western coast, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.
"Our assessment is that the North is attempting to attract attention by showing off its nuclear and missile capabilities and to make a show of force to counter against the new USA administration's hardline stance toward North Korea", the JCS said about the launch on Sunday.
In January, US and South Korean officials told CNN that North Korea might be readying two ICBMs for a test launch in the near future, though some analysts dispute how close Pyongang actually is to testing such a missile. There were other instances of violence perpetrated by the North, but my point is that North Korea's nuclear and missile programs need to be halted soonest, with the goal of eventual comprehensive denuclearization, ensuring that there is a process in place to ensure that these weapons of mass destruction are never purposely or accidentally deployed and activated. The test marked the first North Korean provocation since President Donald Trump took office. The government will also enhance cooperation with the US and South Korea in sharing information about North Korea, Kishida told reporters.
Another Seoul-based North Korea expert said the timing of the launch is ideal for sending a message to the Trump Administration and weaken Seoul's position. In the light of what the Trump administration referred to as a "provocation", Trump said that the U.S. stood "100 percent" behind Japan. According to North Korean leaders, the country has the capability of slinging a nuke as far as the United States. North Korea wants to see how far the missile will fly and whether it will fall apart.
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Japan's top government spokesman Yoshihide Suge called the launch "absolutely intolerable" - especially seeing that the missile "was launched immediately after the Japan-US summit".
Trump said a day earlier during a press conference with Abe that the two countries will work together to defend against "the North Korean missile and nuclear threat, both of which I consider a very, very high priority".
North Korea tested ballistic missiles at an unprecedented rate during 2016.
Today's missile launch is aimed at drawing global attention to the North by boasting its nuclear and missile capabilities, the statement added.
South Korea's Yonhap news agency says that the Japanese government confirmed that the missile fell in seas between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. The new Trump appointee made the vow during a trip to USA ally South Korea.