North Korea launched a missile into its eastern sea on Sunday, according to the South Korean military. The U.S. military detected the test and is assessing the launch, a U.S.defense official told Reuters on Saturday.
U.S. President Donald Trump has been briefed on the missile launched by North Korea, and the White House is continuing to monitor the situation, a White House official said on Saturday according to Reuters.
“We are aware of the missile launch by North Korea. The President has been briefed and we are continuing to closelymonitor the situation,” the official said.
A spokesperson for the Ukrainian mission to the United Nations, Oleg Nikolenko, told Fox News the following:
“We are closely following the situation with the reported missile launch by DPRK. So far, there is no request for an urgent SC meeting. But everything is possible for tomorrow.”
The launch is a likely effort to advance its weapons program and is the first since Donald Trump became president.
Meanwhile, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has told reporters the missile test-fired by North Korea did not hit Japanese territorial seas. Suga said that it was an “act of provocation,” happening right after the planned meeting between Japan’s president and President Trump.