North Korea performed an unannounced test launch of two medium-range ballistic missiles early Wednesday morning. CNN reports that the North Korean military launched the Rodong missiles from a location north of Pyongyang; they landed in the Sea of Japan.
Prior to the missile launch, officials from South Korea and Japan had met with President Barack Obama to discuss nuclear security. The three countries had agreed upon maintaining a united front in the case of a threat from North Korea.
“I think it’s very important for our three nations to display this kind of unity and shared determination,” Obama said.
Kim Min Suk-fyi of the South Korean Ministry of Defense complained of the launch, “It is a clear violation of U.N. resolution and we demand an immediate stop to (the) provocation."
Marie Harf spoke on behalf of U.S. State Department. “"We are closely coordinating with our allies and partners...to address the threat to global security posed by the DPRK's nuclear and ballistic missile programs," Harf said.
The South Korean Ministry of Defense believes that the missile launch was intended to send a “message to the international community” in response to the forum that was held between the leaders of South Korea, Japan, and the U.S.