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Japan, US Slam North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Launch as 'Unacceptable'

© REUTERS / KCNAAn underwater test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile is pictured in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on April 24, 2016.
An underwater test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile is pictured in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on April 24, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Washington and Tokyo agreed that Pyongyang's recent launch of a ballistic missile was unacceptable.

TOKYO (Sputnik) – Kenji Kanasugi, Japanese foreign ministry chief of Asia-Pacific affairs, and US State Department’s Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim in a phone conversation discussed the recent launch of a ballistic missile from a North Korean submarine, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

"Both sides agreed that North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile from a submarine on August 24 is unacceptable, and confirmed their intention to continue to stay in close cooperation on the Issue of North Korea, including at the platform of the UN Security Council," the statement reads.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un uses a pair of binoculars to watch live ammunition firing drills. - Sputnik International
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On Wednesday, media reports emerged suggesting that Pyongyang had launched a ballistic missile from a submarine in the Sea of Japan/East Sea. The missile reportedly flew about 500 kilometers (300 miles) towards Japan, allegedly falling in Japan's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).

Since the start of this year, North Korea has been at the center of international attention in view of its active missile testing. Pyongyang’s January nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch in February resulted in the tightening of sanctions against North Korea in a new UN Security Council resolution adopted in March.

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