Breaking: North Korea test fires ballistic missile into Sea of Japan; Trump responds

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Photo: UPI

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 11 (UPI & Gephardt Daily) — North Korea test-fired a missile into the Sea of Japan on Sunday, according to South Korean military officials.

Yonhap News Agency first reported the suspected missile test. Military officials said the missile was fired at 7:55 a.m. local time Sunday. They have not identified what type of missile was launched or whether the test was considered a success.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is currently in the U.S., released a statement condemning the North Korean action.
“North Korea’s most recent missile launch is absolutely intolerable. North Korea must fully comply with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” Abe said.
Mr. Trump also commented on the launch.
“I just want everybody to understand and to fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100%.”

North Korea conducted multiple midrange missile tests last year, most recently on Oct. 15 and 20. The missile launched Sunday originated from Banghyon air base in North Pyongyang province, the BBC reported. It is the same location from which North Korea launched the midrange Musudan missiles in October.

North Korea also carried out two tests of a nuclear weapon last year, though they have not shown the capability of shrinking a nuclear weapon to a small enough size needed to deliver it using a missile system.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un promised in his New Year’s address the communist dictatorship was close to launching an intercontinental ballistic missile, though experts expressed skepticism the North had mastered the technology for a long-range weapons system after high profile failures of its midrange missiles last year.


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