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