Trump backs Japan PM over North Korea missile launch

| Updated: Feb 12, 2017 16:00 IST

Washington D.C. [U.S.], Feb. 12 (ANI): After Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned the missile launched by North Korea, U.S. President Donald trump has re-instated his support for Japan, as reported by CNN. Earlier today, in a joint statement with President Trump that was released from the latter's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, Prime Minister Abe expressed his dissent over the missile launch, deeming it to be 'absolutely intolerable'. Post this remark, President Trump reacted to the same, extending full support to Japan. "I just want everybody to understand and fully know that The United States of America is behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent", assured Trump. According to South Korean military sources, North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Sunday, in what was termed as a 'show of force' against Donald Trump, as reported by The Guardian. The missile was launched from an area in the country's western region around Banghyon, North Pyongan province, the same area where the midrange Musudan weapon was tested by the country on October 15 and 20, 2016. An official from the U.S. military revealed that the launch was being closely assessed. "The flight distance was about 500km. South Korea and the United States are jointly conducting a close-up analysis on additional information," said the South's joint chief's office, according to a report in The Guardian. In 2016, the North conducted two nuclear tests and a series of rocket launches, aiming to expand its nuclear weapons and missile programmes. Kim Dong-Yeop, an analyst at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies in Seoul, said the launch could have been a Musudan or similar missile designed to test engines for an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the US mainland. In the wake of this missile launch, South Korea's Presidential office has summoned for an emergency meeting with regards to national security. (ANI)