North Korea fired an apparent ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, South Korea's military said on Wednesday. Reuters reported that the launch constitutes a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.
The statements contradict what the JCS told local media Wednesday, shortly after the launch, that the missile appeared to be a KN-15, also known as Pukguksong-2 in North Korea, which is way more technologically sophisticated than a Scud ER.
United Nations resolutions bar North Korea from developing nuclear and missile technology.
Despite angry opposition from Beijing, the United States last month started to deploy the first elements of THAAD in South Korea.
The cruise missile is capable of reaching the northernmost city of Sinuiju in North Korea, when fired from the South's southernmost Jeju Island, according to sources.
Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, agreed in a phone call with his South Korean counterpart on the need to proceed with the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea as a result of the launch.
During the conversation, Abe and Trump also stressed that China has a key role in persuading North Korea to put an end to its missile and nuclear weapons programmes.More news: Gwinnett County police assault victim set to speak out
In Tuesday's launch, the missile flew about 60 km before crashing into the East Sea.
If confirmed, the test risks raising tensions with China, which protested against South Korea's recent move to allow the U.S.to install an anti-missile system on its territory. -South Korea military drills, which the North sees as a preparation for war.
His comments, in an interview with the Financial Times, were interpreted as an effort to up the pressure on Beijing ahead of a summit on Thursday and Friday. "They may have been trying to test one stage".
USA officials have not identified what type of missile was tested on March 21 since it exploded so soon after launch. Many weapons experts say the North could have a functioning nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the continental US within a few years.
Trump has repeatedly said China must do more to curb North Korea's nuclear and missile development.
"The President emphasized that the United States stands with its allies Japan and South Korea in the face of the serious threat that North Korea continues to pose".
"Yes, we will talk about North Korea", Trump told the Financial Times over the weekend.