North Korea fires missile over Japan; leaders vow action

Aug 29, 2017, 6:27 AM EDT
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called missile launch an "unprecedented threat."
(Source: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/flickr)

After a brief spell of lull in its war rhetoric, North Korea on Tuesday fired a missile over northern Japan, prompting a swift criticism from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who called the launch an “unprecedented threat.”

The latest launch of a missile, potentially capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, dispels any notion that Pyongyang is going to back down on its aggressive weapons programs, writes the BBC.

Following a 40-minute call with Abe, U.S. President Donald Trump agreed on intensifying pressure on N. Korea, and the two leaders urged an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, notes The Guardian