Japan, China, S. Korea ministers slam N. Korea missile test
Aug.23, Tokyo: The foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea criticized North Korea's latest submarine missile test on Wednesday during their annual talks that were held amid lingering frictions over territorial disputes and wartime history.
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, who chaired the meeting with China's Wang Yi and South Korea's Yun Byung-se, said that North Korea's missile launch "provocation that simply cannot be tolerated."
North Korea fired a ballistic missile from a submarine into the Sea of Japan, South Korean and U.S. officials said.
Seoul officials condemned the launch as an "armed protest" against the start of annual South Korean-U.S. military drills that North Korean calls an invasion rehearsal. The launch was also the latest in a series of missile, rocket and other weapon tests by North Korea, which is openly pushing to acquire a reliable weapon capable striking targets as far away as the continental U.S., the Associated Press reported.
The Oslo Times International News Network