NATO Chief “Strongly Condemns” N. Korea Missile Launch

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Monday, June 13, 2016. NATO’s chief says the alliance will agree this week to send four multinational battalions to the Baltic states and Poland to boost their defenses against Russia. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg condemned on Wednesday North Korea’s launch of what appeared to be an intermediate-range missile fired towards Japan, and urged them to cease from other “provocative actions.”

“I strongly condemn the launch by North Korea of two ballistic missiles,” Stoltenberg said in a statement.

“These repeated provocative actions … undermine international security and dialogue,” he said, calling for North Korea to “fully comply with its obligations under international law, not to threaten with or conduct any launches using ballistic missile technology, and to refrain from any further provocative actions.”

The launch came about two hours after a similar test failed, South Korea’s military said, and the missile covered 250 miles, more than halfway towards the southwest coast of Japan’s main island of Honshu.