A ballistic missile has been fired off by North Korea, according to South Korea news outlet, Yonhap.
The missile reportedly was launched from the western region of North Korea, and was shot into the sea off the east coast of the Korean pininsula.
Details are still sparse on the incident, which reportedly just happened on Sunday.
In bold defiance of U.N. resolutions, North Korea has shot off more than 20 missile tests in the past year.
When U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis visited South Korea Friday, he stated, “Any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming.”
Reuters further reported:
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in his New Year speech that the country was close to test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and state media have said such a launch could come at any time.
That prompted a vow of an “overwhelming” response from U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis when he traveled to South Korea earlier this month.
North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests and a number of missile-related tests at an unprecedented rate since early last year and was seen by experts and officials to be making progress in its weapons capabilities.
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