May 28 (UPI) — North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile early Monday, United States and South Korea military officials said, the communist nation’s ninth missile test this year and second in the past week.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the missile fell into Japan’s exclusive economic zone in the sea.
Trump has said he would consider military action against North Korea.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday on CBS’ Face the Nation that a war with North Korea would be “catastrophic … probably the worst kind of fighting in most people’s lifetimes.”
The Pentagon said Wednesday it plans to deter North Korean threats by deploying eight additional ground-based interceptor missiles at Fort Greely, Alaska.
On Friday, the Pentagon said it also will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a simulation of a North Korean ICBM aimed at the U.S.