U.N. Security Council Schedules Emergency Meeting on N. Korea’s Missile Launch

UPDATE(8:20 PM) — SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – The U.N. Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting on North Korea’s missile launch.

Ethiopia’s U.N. Mission, which holds the council presidency this month, said closed-door consultations will take place Friday afternoon at the request of the United States and Japan.

The missile flew over northern Japan before falling into the Pacific and follows North Korea’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test Sept. 3.

The launch also came days before world leaders gather at the United Nations starting Monday for their annual ministerial meeting. Earlier this week, the Security Council adopted new sanctions in response to the nuclear test that ban all textile exports and prohibit any country from authorizing new work permits for North Korean workers – two key sources of hard currency for the country.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said that combined with previous sanctions the U.N. has now banned 90 percent of North Korea’s exports reported in 2016.

UPDATE (8:02PM):  (AP) –U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has called the latest missile launch a reckless act by the North Koreans.

Mattis was at the U.S. Strategic Command headquarters in Nebraska at the time of the launch and said afterward the missile “was fired over Japan and put millions of Japanese in duck and cover.”

The missile fired Friday morning Asia time flew over Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido before landing in the Pacific. Warning messages were sent to residents.

Asked about a possible American military response, Mattis said, “I don’t want to talk on that yet.” He said President Donald Trump had been fully briefed on the event.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea’s military says North Korea fired an unidentified missile from its capital Pyongyang in a continuation of weapons tests following its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date on Sept. 3.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday that the missile was launched from Sunan, the site of Pyongyang’s international airport.

The North last month used the airport to fire a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile that flew over northern Japan in what it declared as a “meaningful prelude” to containing the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam and the start of more ballistic missile launches targeting the Pacific Ocean.

South Korea’s Defense Ministry says the country’s military conducted a live-fire ballistic missile drill in response to the North’s launch.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has scheduled a National Security Council meeting to discuss the launch.

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