DPRK's missile test draws strong criticism
Added On April 17, 2017
The failed missile test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Sunday has drawn criticism from the U.S., South Korea, and Japan.
South Korea's main presidential candidates condemned DPRK's missile test, calling for restraint on provocations.
Moon Jae-in's presidential election campaign described the attempted missile test as a reckless provocation. Moon, former chief of the biggest Minjoo Party, is currently leading in the polls.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrived in South Korea on Sunday for a meeting with South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, currently acting president following former President Park's impeachment.
Hwang and Pence will reportedly discuss DPRK issues following the increasing tensions on the peninsula.
The Japanese government criticised the DPRK over the missile test.
Japan's foreign ministry said the missile launch was a clear violation of the UN Security Council resolutions, and communicated the protest to the DPRK through diplomatic channels.
The DPRK's unidentified missile was tested on Sunday but is believed to have exploded during its launch.
The test-launch occurred amid rising tensions in the region, aggravated by the dispatching of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and accompanying warships to the peninsula.