Earlier this afternoon, in the dead of night local time, North Korea sent yet another ballistic missile sailing into the Sea of Japan.
This is the first such test in months, following a brutal back and forth between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump in which both leaders threatened the other with widespread destruction.
Like many of the missile tests before it, today’s projectile did not contain a live warhead, or at least not one that detonated, leaving many to speculate about the true impetus behind the rogue regime’s timing and purpose.
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One thing is for sure, however; the move received a prompt response from North Korea’s most diametrically opposed enemies.
“President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday that the United States ‘will handle’ the situation in North Korea after the rogue nation launched yet another intercontinental ballistic missile earlier in the day.
“‘We will take care of it,’ Trump said, adding later that North Korea ‘is a situation that we will handle.’“Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told reporters that the North Korean missile test went ‘higher, frankly, than any previous shot they have taken.’
“Mattis made remarks as he sat in on a meeting with Trump, House Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell. The defense secretary added that North Korea has the ability to hit “‘everywhere in the world basically.’
“South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the South Korean military carried out a ‘precision missile strike drill’ just minutes after North Korea’s missile launch.“The precision missile strike matched the flight distance of the North Korean missile and landed in waters off the east coast of South Korea.“South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff added that its counter drill tested a scenario of simultaneously hitting a target through the land, air and sea, but did not elaborate further.”