They did it again.
North Korea has launched another mid-range ballistic missile, despite sanctions and international condemnation from almost every country in the world.
U.S. Pacific Command reported that they managed to track the missile until it landed harmlessly into the Sea. It flew about 300 miles before splashing down into the Sea of Japan. It did not get close to Japan’s “exclusive economic zone.”
The medium-range ballistic missile was the same one that was tested three months ago.
The missile tested in February was a Pukguksong-2, a medium long-range ballistic missile, officials said. It was the first test by Pyongyang since President Donald Trump was inaugurated, Fox News reports.
At the time, the missile was described as a “Korean style new type strategic weapon system” by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency, KCNA.
Sunday’s launch comes just days after the US sent a second aircraft carrier — the USS Ronald Reagan — to the region. The Reagan is conducting a variety of training exercises along the USS Carl Vinson, which has been at the Korean Peninsula since late April.
Representatives from the repressive regime have said they will simply never give up their nuclear weapons. On Friday, an envoy from the North said they will continue to “strengthen their nuclear program as a necessary measure needed to counter U.S. aggression.”
Kim In Ryong told reporters that the U.S.’ hostile policy towards North Korea is “the root of all problems” and that regardless of U.S. sanctions, Pyongyang would never abandon its “nuclear deterrence for self-defense and pre-emptive strike capability.”