Hours before North Korea launched yet another ballistic missile on Sunday evening, Defense Secretary James Mattis appeared on TV and made a chilling prediction about a war with the rogue nation: “The bottom line is, it would be a catastrophic war if this turns into a combat — if we’re not able to resolve this situation through diplomatic means,” he said, noting that such a war would bring “probably the worst kind of fighting in most people’s lifetime.”
Hours later the U.S. military reported that North Korea fired off a short-range Scud ballistic missile from its eastern coast, which flew for six minutes until it splashed down in the Sea of Japan.
According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the missile flew for approximately 280 miles.
Outraged, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga reported that this latest ballistic missile fell within his country’s exclusive maritime economic zone. “We cannot tolerate such repeated actions from North Korea,” he said, “and we have lodged a strong protest against North Korea, criticizing them in the strongest form.”
Prior to the missile test, North Korea’s state-controlled media reported that dictator Kim Jong Un had watched a successful test of a new type of anti-aircraft guided weapon system, but there was no indication of when the test took place. There has been no further comment from them since the launch took place.
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