North Korea conducted another ballistic missile test Friday, confirming rumors that the communist country was set to further their missile program and defy the U.S., China, and the United Nations.
Steve Herman of Voice of America news reported on Twitter on Friday that U.S. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis at the Pentagon has confirmed a ballistic missile launch from North Korea.
"I can confirm that we detected a launch of a ballistic missile from North Korea," says @USNavy Capt. Jeff Davis at the Pentagon.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) July 28, 2017
According to Yonhap News, South Korea's largest news agency, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the East Sea in the waters between the Korean peninsula, and the coast of Japan. The missile is said to have been launched from the Jagang Province in northern North Korea at 11:41 p.m. local time.
In response, South Korean President Moon Jae-in called an emergency meeting of his national security team at 1 a.m. Saturday.
According to the Washington Times, the Japanese Coast Guard has issued safety warnings to all ships and aircraft in the area.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has also called a meeting of his national security council, said, “We will immediately analyze information and do our utmost to protect the safety of the Japanese people," the Times reported.
This is the second ballistic missile test this month from North Korea. The first occurred July 4. North Korean President Kim Jong Un called the missile test a "gift" for the "American bastards."
In response, U.S./South Korean joint forces launched a precision missile test that officials said could make direct strikes on North Korean leadership. Spy footage of Kim walking around the missile test site was simultaneously released by the U.S., to further prove that Kim's life was in U.S. hands.
On Saturday, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that while South Korea and the U.S. will continue to push for peace with North Korea, the U.S. will not try for peace forever.
Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander of American forces in Seoul, South Korea, said July 5 that the only thing holding the U.S. back from war at this point is "self restraint."