August 5, 2016 / 12:22 AM / a year ago

U.S., South Korea, Japan officials: North Korea missile launches 'provocative acts'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S., South Korean and Japanese defense officials on Thursday condemned North Korea’s recent missile launches as “provocative acts” that posed “a serious threat to peace and stability.”

A passenger walks past a TV screen at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, broadcasting a news report on North Korea's submarine-launched ballistic missile fired from North Korea's east coast port of Sinpo July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

The statement was issued by the Pentagon after a videoconference meeting of the defense officials from the three countries. On Wednesday, North Korea launched a ballistic missile that landed in or near Japanese-controlled waters for the first time, the latest in a series of launches by the isolated country.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh

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