SEOUL – North Korea has fired ballistic missile off its east coast, South Korea’s military says, hours after local leaders and the United States warned Pyongyang to end its provocations.
South Korea’s Defense Ministry said the missile was fired from the eastern city of Sondok around 12:45pm local time on Friday.
It was a short-go surface to air missile, an official at the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, adding the military was trying to determine the range.
The launch came hours after US President Barack Obama joined South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowing to add pressure on the North for its recent activities.
The three leaders, meeting on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in Washington, recommitted their countries to each others’ defence and warned they could take further steps to counter threats from Pyongyang.
Mr Obama held separate talks with President Xi Jinping of China, the closest North Korea has to an ally, and said they both wanted to see “full implementation” of the latest UN sanctions against Pyongyang.
North Korea has fired a string of missiles in recent weeks including a long-range rocket in February that launched an object in space.
North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test on January 6, leading to new Security Council sanctions in early March. South Korea and the United States have imposed separate sanctions.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.