Kerry huddles with Japanese, South Korean counterparts after launch
© Getty Images

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to his counterparts in Japan and South Korea Sunday morning in the wake of North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket.

ADVERTISEMENT
Kerry spoke to Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, State Department spokesman John Kirby said in statement.

“The Secretary reaffirmed for both foreign ministers the U.S. ironclad commitment to the security and defense of Japan, the Republic of Korea, and our other allies,” Kirby said. “The Secretary condemned the launch as a violation of multiple UN Security Council Resolutions that threatened international peace and security, and he emphasized the importance of a united international response to North Korea's provocations, including through a strong UN Security Council Resolution.”

North Korea claimed that it only launched a satellite on Saturday, although many believe it was an illegal test of a ballistic missile.

“The Secretary also noted the vital importance of continued close communication and cooperation among the United States, Japan, and the Republic of Korea in addressing the threats posed by North Korea,” Kirby added.