North Korea propelled a ballistic rocket Friday that arrived in the Sea of Japan off the country’s upper east drift. The test, directed early Saturday Korean time, seemed to have fizzled, news organizations including Reuters and CNBC revealed.
Fox News detailed the rocket arrived in the Sea of Japan in the wake of voyaging 25 miles and having been in flight for 15 minutes. ABC News revealed a comparative rocket flew 34 miles in an April 4 test.
The missile was reportedly a KN-17, a former Russian-made Scud missile. Fox suggested the missile is being tested to target ships.
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“North Korea fired an unidentified missile from a site in the vicinity of Bukchang in Pyeongannam-do (South Pyeongan Province) in the northeastern direction at around 5:30 a.m. today,” South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement released by South Korean news agency Yonhap. “It is estimated to have failed.”
NBC News reported the missile did not have a nuclear payload aboard at the time of the test. ABC News reported the missile broke apart before falling into the sea.
“Currently, we are closely monitoring North Korea’s further military provocation and are totally ready to meet any and all kinds of provocation,” a South Korean military official told NBC News.
An April 15 North Korean test resulted in the missile exploding on the launch pad.
The Sea of Japan is the expected destination of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, which was conducting exercises Friday with Japanese jets south of Japan en route to the waters off the Korean Peninsula.
American patience was wearing thin and that talks were not an option unless North Korea stops trying to develop a nuclear missile arsenal.
“We will not negotiate our way back to the negotiating table with North Korea, we will not reward their violations of past resolutions, we will not reward their bad behavior with talks,” Tillerson said.
“All options for responding to future provocations must remain on the table,” Tillerson said during a special United Nations session called to discuss the North Korean crisis. “Diplomatic and financial leverage or power will be backed up by willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action, if necessary.”
“For too long the international community has been reactive,” Tillerson said. “The more we bide our time, the sooner we will run out of it.”
The test likewise takes after a remark by President Donald Trump that “we could wind up having a noteworthy, real clash with North Korea, totally.”
“We’d love to understand things carefully, however it’s exceptionally troublesome,” Trump included.