Abe, Trump agree threat of N. Korea now in 'new stage'

The North fired four projectiles from an area near the North's Dongchang-ri long-range missile site at 7:36 a.m. and they flew about 1,000 kilometers before splashing into the East Sea. The missiles landed within Japan's exclusive economic zone off the Oga Peninsula in Akita prefecture.

"The DPRK must fully comply with its global obligations under relevant UN Security Council resolutions and cease its ballistic missile launches and other activities threatening regional, as well as worldwide security and stability", the statement said.

North Korea criticises the drills and has previously conducted missile launches to coincide with them.

North Korea's launch of four ballistic missiles today has fuelled regional tensions and demonstrated the country's disregard for the peace and security of the region and the world, says Putrajaya.

Haley noted the United Nations must follow through on previous sanctions already enacted against the North and take its global threats to South Korea, Japan and other nations - including the US - much more seriously. "To do that, we want to promote studies and talks (with the United States) in a rapid manner".

North Korea has repeatedly said its space programme is peaceful but it is believed to be developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could strike the US.

"THAAD is purely defensive; that is the only defence measure we can take facing the massive threat posed by DPRK", South Korea disarmament ambassador Kim In-chul said. Pyongyang views the drills as a dress rehearsal for the eventual invasion of North Korea.

However, Wang repeated China's position that the nuclear issue boils down to relations between the United States and North Korea.

It was not immediately clear the exact type of missile fired; Pyongyang has staged a series of missile test-launches of various ranges in recent months, including a new intermediate-range missile in February.

Abe also referred to the US government's current review of its policies toward North Korea.

Some equipment for the THAAD system had been delivered from the US to South Korea, according to some reports on Tuesday.

"We are considering every option that's on the table", Haley said to reporters following a Security Council meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

  • Santos West