May 31, 2023

US, South Korea and Japan ‘concerned’ over North Korean ballistic missile launch

U.S. and Japanese officials spoke with South Korea and vowed to cooperate on North Korea-related issues

Top officials from Washington, Seoul and Tokyo all expressed "concern" over North Korea's Thursday morning launch of two short-range ballistic missiles.

North Korea test-fired the missiles between 7:06 and 7:25 a.m. KST on Thursday morning, with the projectiles flying at an altitude of 60 kilometers (37 miles) and a total distance of approximately 450 kilometers (280 miles), according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff. The test is against U.N. Security Council resolutions and marks Pyongyang's first-ever ballistic missile launch since U.S. President Joe Biden took office.