North Korea has reportedly fired an unidentified missile into the East Sea. Aidan Kelley has the details.
In a first, North Korea on Tuesday fired a mid-range ballistic missileÂ over Japan, further escalatingÂ tensions with the United States and its allies over the reclusiveÂ nation’sÂ nuclear and missileÂ program.
The Pentagon confirmed the missile launch, saying it is still being assessed.
“North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America,” a Pentagon statement said.
President Trump saidÂ Tuesday that “all options are on the table”Â in response to the launch.
Trump’s written statement said “threatening and destabilizing actions” only increase North Koreaâs isolation in the region and around the world and that North Koreaâs actions show “contempt for its neighbors.”
South Korea saidÂ the North has twiceÂ fired rockets it said were carrying satellites over Japan â in 1998 and 2009 â but itÂ is the first time it has firedÂ a ballistic missile over the island nation, the Associated Press reported.
The Japanese government issued an immediate rebuke. At one point, residents in several prefectures in northern regions of Japan were told to take cover.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that he and Trump spoke over the phone and that both leaders saw theÂ launch as an unprecedentedÂ threat, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported.
Abe said he and Trump wouldÂ seek an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council andÂ quoted Trump as saying that the United States stood byÂ JapanÂ 100%.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile traveled around…