North Korea launched an “unidentified” missile from Pyongyang over Japan on Thursday, South Korea’s Yonhap News agency reported, the latest in a series of recent provocative actions by the country that also included an underground detonation of a nuclear device.
North Korea’s latest action is likely to further escalate tensions with the international community, which has increasingly tried to rein in Kim Jong-un’s regime as pursues its nuclear and missile programs.
The United Nations Security Council passed new sanctions in August targeting North Korean trade, but so far attempts to pressure Pyongyang to halt its weapons tests have failed.
Despite years of international pressure, North Korea has made rapid technological advancements in its nuclear and missile capabilities, particularly this year.
Pyongyang launched a ballistic missile that flew over northern Japan in late August and conducted its most powerful nuclear detonation to date on Sept. 3.
President Donald Trump has responded to North Korea’s actions with a series of threats against Pyongyang, including a vow to meet its aggression with “fire and fury.” He has also said he was considering cutting off trade with any country that does business with North Korea.
White House officials have often tried to walk back Trump’s more volatile statements.
The U.S. has been testing missile defense systems throughout the year and, as part of such efforts, in late August shot down a intermediate range ballistic missile near Hawaii. On Sept. 7, the U.S. deployed more missile defense launchers for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, to South Korea amid objections from China.
This is a developing story.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.