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US and Japan plan emergency Security Council meeting in wake of latest North Korea missile launch

The US and Japan will meet with the UN Security Council following the missile launch. Germany has also responded strongly following the latest provocation from North Korea.

US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power announced plans for the meeting on Wednesday, shortly after a medium-range missile was fired by North Korea into the Sea of Japan.

"We expect to be calling an emergency meeting of the Security Council for later this afternoon, with our Japanese colleagues," Power said.

Her comments came just as Germany said it was planning to summon the North Korean ambassador to the Foreign Ministry in Berlin in response to the missile test.

Foreign Ministry spokesman, Martin Schäfer, said that Berlin strongly condemns Pyongyang's recent actions and its constant violations of the Security Council's binding international resolutions.

Nordkorea Raketentest

Pyongyang's leader, Kim Jong-Un, has repeatedly warned of pre-emptive strikes against his neighbor

Anxiety grows in the region

Wednesday's missile launch was one of several in recent months as the US and South Korea move forward with plans to install a missile defense system on the peninsula.

The missile was launched from the western city of Unyul, flying about 620 miles (1,000 km) and landing within Tokyo's exclusive economic zone.

The launch also came as the US and South Korea are gearing up for joint exercises later this month. Some 30,000 US troops and 50,000 South Korean troops are planning to partake in the drills.

Pyongyang frequently warns the two countries of pre-emptive strikes. The government was heavily criticized by the international community after allegedly detonating a hydrogen bomb in January.

blc/kms (AP, AFP, dpa)

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