Washington (People's Daily) – After a 75-day break, North Korea launched what many believe was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), traveling 600 miles before landing in the Sea of Japan.
South Korea’s armed forces responded with an immediate 20-minute combined forces drill.
Commenting on the launch from the White House, President Donald Trump promised to "take care" of the situation.
"I will only tell you that we will take care of it," Trump told reporters Tuesday afternoon.
Trump added the launch does not alter the US approach to the ongoing North Korea crisis.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement the United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of what is likely an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, indiscriminately threatening its neighbors, the region and global stability.
Meanwhile, Tillerson said diplomatic options remain viable and open, for now. "The United States remains committed to finding a peaceful path to denuclearization and to ending belligerent actions by North Korea."
It was reported that South Korean military officials confirmed North Korea fired an apparent long-range missile into the East Sea from Pyongsong, South Pyongan province, early Wednesday morning.
A statement from the UN confirmed that a Security Council session will convene tomorrow afternoon, November 29.