North Korea defied world pressure and launched early Friday a new ballistic missile test. The launch is reported to have exploded not long after lifting off.
The US Pacific Command said it detected a North Korean missile launch at 5:33 a.m. local time. The ballistic missile launch occurred near the Puk Chang airfield.
The missile did not leave North Korean territory, with debris reported to have landed in the East Sea.
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The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America.
In a tweet, US President Donald Trump said, “North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!”
US Pacific Command reiterated that it “stands behind our steadfast commitment to the security of our allies in the Republic of Korea and Japan.”
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On Thursday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the UN Security Table that, “All options for responding to future provocations must remain on the table.”
“Diplomatic and financial leverage or power will be backed up by willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action, if necessary,” Tillerson added.