North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Tuesday afternoon, ending a more than two-month long pause in military aggression from the isolated communist regime.
South Korean officials said the missile was launched from a base just south of North Korean capital Pyongyang early Wednesday local time. The missile was still flying in an eastward direction around 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to officials.
The launch came just hours after Japanese officials detected radio signals suggesting that North Korea was preparing a launch. Last week, U.S. military experts said North Korea could conduct a new missile test within days.
Homeland Security officials in Guam announced there was “no immediate threat” to the American territory. Guam has been in the crosshairs since North Korea threatened to fire missiles at the small Pacific island this summer.
The launch comes a week after President Trump put North Korea back on a list of countries that the U.S. government considers sponsors of terrorism. It marks North Korea’s first rocket test since firing an intermediate ballistic missile over Japan on Sept. 15.
Further details about the Tuesday launch were not immediately available. American and South Korean military officials were monitoring the situation Tuesday afternoon.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that President Trump was briefed on the launch while the “missile was still in the air.”
The public beef between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has escalated in recent months.
While on a state visit to Vietnam on Nov. 11, Trump suggested over Twitter that Kim was “short and fat.” North Korean state media responded by declaring that Trump had been “sentenced to death by the Korean people.”
With News Wire Services