N. Korea launches another ICBM
U.S., South Korean forces respond with their own test launch
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.