Tougher sanctions called for after North Korea strikes again

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The Pentagon has confirmed that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un launched yet another ballistic missile on Saturday, around 10:30 a.m. Hawaii time, leading the White House to state that he’s been a “flagrant menace for far too long.”

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has determined the missile launch posed no threat to the U.S., but President Trump “cannot imagine that Russia is pleased,” considering that the missile was launched near Kusung and landed in the Sea of Japan closer to Russia than Japan or China.

The White House vowed to keep its “ironclad commitment” to stand with its Asian allies and added that this latest “provocation” should serve as a warning that stronger sanctions must be imposed on North Korea.

The missile test is the first one in two weeks after a previous attempt ended in a failure just minutes after launching. Four previous tests in past two months all flopped, but this latest missile was able to fly roughly 435 miles, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.

South Korea’s new president took office on Wednesday, saying dialogue along with pressure must be employed now to stop North Korea from launching something far worse than a missile test.

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