McMaster says there is military option against N. Korea

Ajustar Comentario Impresión

Markets were little changed after North Korea conducted a new missile launch, less than two weeks after testing what it called a hydrogen bomb.

INSIDE STORY: What should be done about the North Korean crisis?

The missile was sacked from Sunan district near Pyongyang and reached an altitude of about 770 km, travelling 3,700 km before landing in the sea off Hokkaido, South Korea's military was quoted as saying by Yonhap news agency.

It was sacked from near Pyongyang at 6.57am (5.57am in Singapore), flying over Hokkaido in north Japan from 7.04am to 7.06am, before splashing into the Pacific at 7.16am.

Putin and Macron underlined that Resolution 2375 of the UN Security Council, which was unanimously passed on September 11, serves as the "adequate response of the worldwide community to Pyongyang's irresponsible steps", according to the Kremlin. The new missile is now in a testing phase.

Observers said the test has put Guam - 3,400km from Pyongyang - in the North's crosshairs.

Amid the growing tension between North Korea and the US, Lorenzana said President Rodrigo Duterte was "very much concerned" over the possible destruction it might bring to the Filipino people.

North Korea launched what appeared to be an intermediate-range ballistic missile over northern Japan early Friday (local time), defying global calls to halt its provocations.

"In East Asia, an increasingly aggressive and isolated regime in North Korea threatens democracies in South Korea, Japan, and more importantly, and more recently, has expanded those threats to the United States, endangering the entire world", Tillerson said in a speech to foreign officials in Washington.

"We resolved to continue to work together and with important partners who can influence North Korea - including China - with the aim of securing the complete and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", he said.

Both countries have slammed the launch.

China foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying insisted her country was not the "focal point of the conflict" and directed the following remarks at the US and South Korea: "Any attempt to wash their hands of the issue is irresponsible and unhelpful for resolving the issue". Seoul also test-fired two missiles while Pyongyang's was still in the air.

President Rodrigo Duterte and his defense chief have expressed alarm about North Korea's latest nuclear test over Japan territory on Friday morning.

"We condemn it", Moon said. We can not shoot the missiles so it will not come here.

Suga says Japan "will not tolerate the repeated and excessive provocations".