N. Korea launches an­other ICBM

U.S., South Korean forces re­spond with their own test launch

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - FRONT PAGE - Doug Stanglin @dstan­glin USA TO­DAY

For the sec­ond time this month, North Korea launched an in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile Fri­day, send­ing the pro­jec­tile 600 miles into the Sea of Ja­pan.

The Pen­tagon said in a state­ment that the mis­sile, which was de­ter­mined to be an ICBM, was launched from Mupy­ong-ni in North Korea’s Cha­gang prov­ince and never posed a threat to North Amer­ica.

In a later state­ment, the Pen­tagon said Gen. Joseph Dun­ford Jr., chair­man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Adm. Harry Har­ris, com­man­der, U.S. Pa­cific Com­mand, called Gen. Lee Sun Jin, chair­man of the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, and “ex­pressed the iron­clad com­mit­ment to the U.S.Repub­lic of Korea al­liance.”

The state­ment said the three lead­ers “also dis­cussed mil­i­tary re­sponse op­tions.”

Pres­i­dent Trump is­sued a state­ment Fri­day con­demn­ing the launch.

“North Korea’s test launch to­day of an­other in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile — the sec­ond such test in less than a month — is only the lat­est reck­less and dan­ger­ous ac­tion by the North Korean regime,” the state­ment read.

An al­liance be­tween mil­i­tary forces rep­re­sent­ing the United States and South Korea con­ducted a com­bined mis­sile launch in re­sponse to North Korea’s test and suc­cess­fully hit a tar­get, the U.S. mil­i­tary said in a state­ment.

North Korea test-launched its first ICBM on July 4 in a ma­jor step to­ward de­vel­op­ing nu­clear-armed mis­siles ca­pa­ble of reach­ing the United States.

Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe called an emer­gency meet­ing of his Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported.

Ja­panese govern­ment spokesman Yoshi­hide Suga said North Korea fired the mis­sile at 11:42 p.m. lo­cal time Fri­day in a rare night launch. Ja­panese of­fi­cials said the mis­sile was air­borne for about 45 min­utes.

Suga said Ja­pan lodged a strong protest with North Ko-

“North Korea’s re­peated provoca­tive acts can­not be ac­cepted.” Ja­panese govern­ment spokesman Yoshi­hide Suga

rea. “North Korea’s re­peated provoca­tive acts ab­so­lutely can­not be ac­cepted,” he said.

The mis­sile landed west of Ja­pan’s is­land of Hokkaido. Ja­pan’s na­tional pub­lic broad­caster NHK re­ported the coast guard is­sued safety warn­ings to air­craft and ships af­ter the launch was de­tected.

North Korea fre­quently makes a high-pro­file mil­i­tary ges­ture on im­por­tant hol­i­days. Thurs­day marked Vic­tory in the Father­land Lib­er­a­tion War Day.

Af­ter the July 4 launch, the Pen­tagon’s re­vised con­sen­sus fore­cast con­cluded that North Korea likely could field a re­li­able, nu­clear-ca­pa­ble ICBM as early as next year, two years sooner than pre­vi­ous es­ti­mates, The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported.


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has raised con­cern in South Korea, Ja­pan and the United States with his mis­sile pro­gram.


Hawaii emer­gency plan­ners Vern Miyagi, left, and Toby Clair­mont. Hawaii is pre­par­ing for a North Korean mis­sile strike.

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