UPDATE: North Korea Ballistic Missile Test Fails: Report
Via CNBC:North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday in local time, Korean news service Yonhap reported citing South Korea’s military.
Yonhap reported that the test appears to have failed.
One U.S. official confirmed to NBC news that there was a test, but that it was not nuclear.
The incident comes as the United States reconsiders its strategy in dealing with the isolated nation.
In an interview with Reuters published late Thursday, President Donald Trump said he wants South Korea to pay for the $1 billion missile defense system. The system, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), is designed to protect South Korea and Japan from missile attack, and it could be operational as soon as summer 2017.
On Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the United Nations to take new sanctions against North Korea.
North Korea has launched a ballistic missile from an area north of the country’s capital, Pyongyang, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported, citing the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“North Korea fired an unidentified missile from a site in the vicinity of Bukchang in Pyeongannam-do (South Pyeongan Province) early this morning," the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement, according to Yonhap.
The South Korean military are now analyzing the type of missile fired and flight distance of the projectile traveled.
The reported launch comes amid rising tensions in the region and a US military buildup in response to the North Korean “nuclear threat.” It also comes just hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the UN Security Council that the military option remains on the table for the US to curb Pyongyang's nuclear program.
“All options for responding to future provocations must remain on the table,” Tillerson told the 15-member international body. “Diplomatic and financial leverage or power will be backed up by willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action, if necessary.”
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