US Halts Flights After North Korea Missile Test

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) halted all departures at several west coast airports in the United States while North Korea was testing a ballistic missile, its second weapons test in less than a week.

“Full operations resumed in less than 15 minutes. The FAA regularly takes precautionary measures. We are reviewing the process around this ground stop as we do after all such events,” the FAA said in a statement. 

North Korea’s test missile on Tuesday landed outside the exclusive economic zone of Japan. 

While there were no immediate reports of damage, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called the launch “extremely regrettable.”

The United States condemned the “ballistic missile launch” and reaffirmed its commitment to defend South Korea and Japan.

“This launch is in violation of multiple UN Security Council Resolutions and poses a threat to the DPRK’s neighbors and the international community,” the State Department said.

Meanwhile, the UN Security Council meeting to discuss Pyongyang’s weapons programs came after six countries, including the United States and Japan, called on North Korea to “engage in meaningful dialogue towards our shared goal of complete denuclearization.”

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