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new round of North Korean ballistic missile launches triggering anger from Japan on Monday. Pyongyang fired off four rockets in the early hours. And Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzō Abe says three of them landed within Japanese waters.>>
> We will not tolerate these launches, which are clearly in violation of Security Council resolutions.
We have strongly rebuked North Korea.>> According to South Korea, the missiles were launched from the North's facility near the Chinese border, and travelled around 1000 kilometres or 600 miles. Seoul says with that sort of range, it's unlikely they were long range intercontinental missiles. But that needs to be confirmed.
Pyongyang has staged regular test launches in the past year, sparking widespread concern that is could soon develop an ICBM that could reach the United States. North Korea threatened to take quote strong retaliatory measures after joint US South Korean defence drills kicked off last week. An annual event that Pyongyang calls preparation for war.
The launch prompted South Korea's acting leader to call for a quick deployment of the controversial US anti-missile system known as THAAD. A move that's become not only a tension point with North Korea, but also China.