The Japanese Defense Ministry issued a statement saying that an “object which could be a ballistic missile was fired by North Korea” but that it is “assumed” that it did not reach the waters territories of Japan or its exclusive economic zone.
News of the North Korean missile test fell shortly after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, North Korea’s biggest supporter, finished a meeting with his South Korean counterpart, Chung Eui-yong, in Seoul.
“It is not only North Korea, but also other countries that are engaged in military activities,” Wang said when asked by reporters to comment on the North Korean cruise missile test on weekend. “We must all work together to resume the dialogue. We all hope to contribute to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.
Wang did not give details, but the United States and South Korea conducted joint military exercises last month. North Korea has accused Washington and Seoul of preparing to invade the North and generally opposes joint military exercises between the two allies with its own military exercises or weapons tests.
“The United States has no hostile intentions towards” North Korea, Sung Kim, the special envoy of the Biden administration, said on Tuesday in Tokyo, where he met with representatives of Japan and Korea. South to discuss the North. He said Washington hoped North Korea “would respond positively to our multiple offers to meet without preconditions.”