North Korea Launched Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, Again

North Korea launched series of ballistic missiles in the last year. Photo: North Korea state-run KCNA
North Korea launched series of ballistic missiles in the last year. Photo: North Korea state-run KCNA

The U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said North Korea has launched a new  Intercontinental Ballistic Missile that “went higher, frankly, than any previous shot they’ve taken.”

It was the third time North Korea launched an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile this year, the U.S. Defense Department said.

The U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis said during a Congressional Leadership meeting, “a little over two and a half hours ago; North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile. It went higher, frankly than any previous shot they’ve taken.”

According to the Defense Department report, the ICBM was launched from Sain Ni, North Korea, north of Pyongyang, and traveled east about 1,000 kilometers — about 620 miles — before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, within Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone, an area that extends 200 nautical miles from its coast.

“We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment of the launch. We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack or provocation,” Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Robert Manning said.

Mr. Mattis demanded that the missile research and development effort on their part (North Korea) “could threaten everywhere in the world, basically.”

“And in response, the South Koreans have fired some pinpoint missiles out into the water to make certain North Korea understands that they could be taken under fire by our ally.”

Mr. Mattis concluded, “the bottom line is, it’s a continued effort to build a threat — a ballistic missile threat that endangers world peace, regional peace, and certainly, the United States.”

President Trump said at the Congressional Meeting, “We will take care of the (North Korea)… Nothing changed. We have a very serious approach, but nothing changed. We take it very seriously.”

Mr. Trump, an hour ago, tweeted, “After North Korea missile launch, it’s more important than ever to fund our gov’t & military! Dems shouldn’t hold troop funding hostage for amnesty & illegal immigration. I ran on stopping illegal immigration and won big. They can’t now threaten a shutdown to get their demands.”

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