North Korea has fired a ballistic missile from its eastern port of Sinpo into the Sea of Japan as the U.S. and China are set to meet to discuss North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.
The South Korean military said the missile was sacked from land near the east coast city of Sinpo and flew about 60 kilometers (40 miles).
North Korea attempted to launch a ballistic missile two weeks ago from its east coast and earlier in March fired four missiles toward Japan, some of which came as close as 300 km (190 miles) to its coast.
The testing of nuclear weapons by North Korea is expected to figure prominently in talks between the Trump and Jinping during their meeting, the official said on condition of anonymity. Trump has also warned that the U.S.is prepared to take measures against Pyongyang unilaterally: "If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will".
While Tillerson's statement was unusually short and vague, experts in South Korea and Japan saw it as a sign of consistency on how the United States under President Donald Trump will deal with North Korea as it speeds up its nuclear weapon and missile developments.
The missile lifted off at 6:42 a.m. from a land-based facility near the eastern coastal city of Sinpo, home to the North's submarine base. North Korea sees the drills as an invasion rehearsal. -China cooperation in exerting economic pressure on North Korea. The missile launch may be a precursor, with more to come as the summit starts later this week, Cossa said.
The South plans to deploy the new missile this year following further tests to determine its reliability, Yonhap said.
"The President emphasized that the United States stands with its allies Japan and South Korea in the face of the serious threat that North Korea continues to pose", the White House said in a readout of the president's phone call.
The State Department issued a terse statement from America's top diplomat acknowledging "yet another" launch and saying "We have no further comment".
South Korea says North Korea has fired a ballistic missile into the waters off its east coast.
The development comes just days after North Korea threatened to retaliate if the global community expanded sanctions targeting the country.
Two weeks ago, the South Korean and US militaries said they had detected a failed North Korean ballistic missile launch.