Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Wednesday, the latest in a string of recent missile tests just ahead of President Donald Trump's summit with China's Xi Jinping, at which North Korea was set to dominate the agenda.
The missile unlike its predecessor is an advanced KN-15 medium-range missile which was sacked using liquid fuel from a fixed location rather than a rocket launcher.
Abe said the two leaders had agreed that North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch was "a risky provocation and a serious threat".
North Korea has stepped up the frequency of missile and nuclear weapons tests over the past two years and experts say it is closing in on the ability to hit the United States with a missile.
North Korea is pushing hard to upgrade its weapons systems to cope with what it calls USA hostility.
It has been reported early on that U.S. President Donald Trump stated that China has influenced Kim's isolated nation immensely adding that it could put North Korea's economy frozen if they wish to do so.
North Korea on Match 6 also fired four short-range ballistic missiles believed to have been an improved version of Scud missiles, with a range of around 500 km, or 310 miles.
A Japanese government official stated that Abe strongly denounced North Korea, saying that the recurring launches are highly provocative. "The launch of a single ballistic missile occurred at a land-based facility near Sinpo ..."
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Shortly after this test occurred, the US delivered the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system to South Korea, a process which the USA started working on with its ally after the flurry of North Korean missile tests in 2016.
It also advanced another bill, introduced by Rep. Joe Wilson of SC in February, condemning North Korea's development of multiple intercontinental ballistic missiles and urging Washington to apply all available economic sanctions to the regime, with 398 votes for and three against.
As well as a growing list of ballistic missile launches, North Korea has also conducted two nuclear weapons tests since January 2016.
The use of a mobile launcher is concerning because it's harder to detect and preemptively strike, according to Carl Schuster, a professor at Hawaii Pacific University and former director of operations at the US Pacific Command's Joint Intelligence Center.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged the launch in a brief statement but said the U.S. had spoken enough about North Korea and would not comment further.
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) North Korea rarely misses an opportunity to conduct a banned missile test to coincide with a high-profile world event that's expected to discuss the impoverished yet nuclear-armed country. The missile strikes on Syria bring more weight to that statement.
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