BREAKING NEWS North Korea defiantly carried out a provocative rocket launch Sunday that the U.S., Japan and other nations suspect was a cover for a test of its long-range missile technology.
Liftoff took place at 10:30 p.m. EDT Saturday from the coastal Musudan-ri launch pad in northeastern North Korea, the South Korean government said. In Washington, the State Department also confirmed the launch.
“We look on this as a provocative act,” U.S. State Department spokesman Fred Lash said.
The launch “will prompt the United States to take appropriate steps to let North Korea know that it cannot threaten the safety and security of other countries with impunity,” Lash said.
“North’s Korea’s development, deployment and proliferation of missiles, ballistic missile-related materials, equipment and technologies pose a serious threat to the northeast Asia region and to the international community,” Lash said.