North Korea fires missile as tensions rise

North Korea fired an unidentified projectile into the sea off its east coast early Sunday local time, the South Korean military reported.

The missile flew about 310 miles. Military officials in South Korea are investigating what type of missile it was, the Korean Times reported.

The missile launch came as President Trump was hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Trump and Abe made short statements about the launch in a joint appearance Saturday night.

“I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan, it’s great ally, 100%,” Trump said.

Abe called the missile launch “absolutely intolerable.”

“North Korea must fully comply with the relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions,” Abe said through a translator.

In Washington, public affairs officers for the Defense Department and the State Department had no immediate comment on the report, according to The Associated Press.

The Korean peninsula has been tense since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in a New Year speech that the country was very close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear weapons….see more

source: usatoday

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