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U.S. strongly condemns N. Korea's missile launch

All Headlines 11:37 August 03, 2016

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (Yonhap) -- The United States condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch as a violation of U.N. resolutions on Tuesday, expressing strong commitment to the defense of South Korea and Japan.

The North fired a medium-range Rodong ballistic missile off its east coast early Wednesday (Korean time). South Korea and Japan both said the missile flew about 1,000 kilometers and landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) waters.

"We strongly condemn this and North Korea's other recent missile tests, which violate multiple U.N. Security Council Resolutions explicitly prohibiting North Korea's launches using ballistic missile technology," Anna Richey-Allen, a State Department spokeswoman, told Yonhap News Agency.

She also said the U.S. plans to raise the issue at the U.N. to bolster international resolve in holding the North accountable for these provocative actions. Such provocations only serve to increase the international community's resolve to counter the North's prohibited activities, including through implementing existing U.N. Security Council sanctions, she said.

"Our commitment to the defense of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of these threats, remains ironclad. We remain prepared to work with our allies and partners around the world to respond to further DPRK provocations, as well as to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack or provocation," the spokeswoman said.

"We call on North Korea to refrain from actions and rhetoric that further raise tensions in the region and to focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its commitments and international obligations and commitments," she said.

jschang@yna.co.kr
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