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World condemns N Korea's missile launch

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the start of their talks in Vladivostok Russia on Sept. 7

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday called on the global community to unite against North Korea's "provocative acts" and urged the country to change its current course of action, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

THE Philippines on Saturday again appealed to North Korea to stop its acts of provocation and return to the negotiating table.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday condemned the launch of another ballistic missile by North Korea.

The UNSC referred to the latest launch as a "manifest violation" of Security Council resolutions that comes less than two weeks after the DPRK conducted a test of a nuclear device on September 3, and only three days after the Security Council unanimously adopted fresh sanctions against the country.

The tougher sanctions included restrictions against its trade in oil and petroleum products.

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According to Cayetano, North Korea's missile launches "not only undermine efforts towards a peaceful resolution of issues in the Korean Peninsula but also exacerbate an already tense situation there".

North Korea fired an intermediate range ballistic missile over Japan on Friday, marking the second highly provocative missile launch in less than a month.

"The risk (from North Korea) is very material but I think compared with what we knew yesterday, we don't know a lot more today", said RBC Capital Markets currency strategist Adam Cole, also in London.

Local media said the government's J-Alert emergency warning system was used in Hokkaido and 11 other prefectures that might have been along the missile's flight path.

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano conveys the ASEAN position on North Korea's missile tests to North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho in a meeting on August 7, 2017. The services have since resumed.

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