Eighth Missile Launched by North Korea
Eighth missile launchings, this year, have now been recorded by North Korea. Today the isolated country sent off a medium-range missile according to a senior Trump administration official. The official said, “We are aware that North Korea launched an MRBM. This system, last tested in February, has a shorter range than the missiles launched in North Korea’s three most recent tests.” South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile was fired from an about about 50 miles northeast of Pyongyang. It was reported that the projectile few about 310 miles. It reportedly landed in the Sea of Japan.
North Korea is Being Closely Monitored
Dave Benham, director of media operations for US Pacific Command, said, “the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North American. US Pacific Command stands behind our ironclas commitment to the security of our allies in the Republic of Korea and Japan.” South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of staff said in a statement that the country’s military “is closely monitoring the North Korea military for any further provoation and maintaining readiness to respond.”
This launch comes one week after the hermit country successfully tested a new midrange missile that Pyongyang said could carry a heavy nuclear warhead. Experts agreed the the rocket flew higher and for a longer time than any other missile previously tested by North Korea, and that it could one day reach targets as far away as Hawaii and Alaska.
David Martin, CBS News national security correspondent said the missile launch showed that North Korea’s technology seems to be getting more sophisticated and it represented a significant advance for Kim Jong-un and his nuclear weapons program.