South Korea, the United States and Japan have denounced, "in the strongest terms," North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch.
Meeting on the sidelines of the G20 foreign ministers' meeting in the German city of Bonn on Thursday, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida also pledged to respond strongly to future North Korean provocations.
Issuing a joint statement following their talks, the three sides said last Sunday's launch of a new type of intermediate-range ballistic missile showed North Korea's flagrant disregard for multiple UN Security Council resolutions that expressly prohibit the regime from developing ballistic missile technology.
This was their first trilateral meeting since the inauguration of President Trump.
In the statement, Tillerson reiterated that the U.S. remains steadfast in its defense commitments to South Korea and Japan.
In a separate one-on-one between Minister Yun and Tillerson, both men also touched upon the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half brother, Kim Jong-nam, calling it a very bizarre incident.