North Korea launches 1st ballistic missile in 2 months

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North Korea has launched a ballistic missile on Tuesday, making it the first in over two months, according to South Korean media. (KABC)

North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Tuesday, making it the first in over two months.

The U.S. military confirmed the launch.

"North Korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile eastward from the vicinity of Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province, at dawn today," the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

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The U.S. and South Korea are analyzing the trajectory.

Hours later, President Donald Trump told reporters the United States will "take care of it" and that "it is a situation that we will handle."


At the time of the launch, Trump was in a meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill. Press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that Trump "was briefed, while missile was still in the air, on the situation in North Korea."

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said North Korea is continuing to build missiles that can "threaten everywhere in the world," and added that the missile flew higher than its previous projectiles.

He went on to say that South Korea has fired pinpoint missiles into surrounding waters to make certain that North Korea understands it can be "taken under fire" by the South.

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The launch marks the end of the longest stretch of time since Trump took office in January that the regime has not conducted a test. The latest launch marks the 15th ballistic missile test since Trump took office.

North Korea's last test of a ballistic missile was on Sept. 15, an intermediate-range KN-17 that flew over the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

The first missile test was fired less than a month after Trump was inaugurated. Between March and May, North Korea conducted tests every one to two weeks.

In August, Trump threatened the regime with "fire and fury like the world has never seen." The strong statement led to a response from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who said he would consider sending missiles off the coast of Guam. Just weeks later, North Korea fired three short-range ballistic missiles not toward Guam but into the Sea of Japan.

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The Trump administration has said all military options are on the table when dealing with a threat from North Korea, but top U.S. officials have consistently emphasized the U.S. is pursuing a diplomatically-led effort.

ABC News contributed to this report.

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