At approximately midnight Japan time today, the Japanese military detected what is now believed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile fired by North Korea near Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
“I can confirm that we detected a launch of a ballistic missile from North Korea,” Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis reported. “We are assessing and will have more information soon.”
North Korea on Friday for the second time this month successfully launched an ICBM into space and had its re-entry vehicle splash down. Friday’s rocket landed in the Sea of Japan, about 600 miles from the launch pad; however, U.S. officials were still assessing the missile’s apex, which more accurately determines how far away the rocket could strike.
This could have been some sort of failed military test, but given North Korea’s history aggressive threats towards other countries, this could very well be an aggressive attack.
President Donald Trump previously explained that he expected China to intervene and keep North Korea from advancing its nuclear ambitions. He later expressed regret on Twitter that China was unable to control North Korea, but commended them for their effort in reigning in the rogue state.
While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2017
Department of Memes will update as more information becomes available.