Trump Responds to N. Korea Missile: 'We Will Take Care of It'

Pyongyang ends 2-month lull with launch toward Japan
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2017 1:11 PM CST
Updated Nov 28, 2017 3:29 PM CST
In this undated photo provided on Nov. 21, 2017, by the North Korean government, KIm Jong Un visits a motor complex in Pyeongannam-do, North Korea.   (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

(Newser) – The two-month lull is over: North Korea has launched another missile, ending a pause in testing that had raised hopes for diplomatic progress. The ballistic missile went up about 3am Wednesday local time and flew east before coming down in the Sea of Japan. "We will take care of it," President Trump told reporters afterward, per CNBC, but he did not elaborate. Military analysts from the US and South Korea were still assessing the type and scope of the missile. More details and developments:

  • An ICBM? One big question is whether it was a standard missile or one of the intercontinental variety capable of reaching the US. The answer wasn't immediately clear, but the initial assessment points to an ICBM, according to Pentagon spokesman Col Robert Manning, per Yonhap News Agency.
  • Long flight: Early reports suggest the missile flew for about 50 minutes, which the Guardian reports would be a North Korean record. The Pentagon's Manning estimates it went about 620 miles, and it may have come down within 200 nautical miles of Japan's coast, reports the AP. There were conflicting reports on whether it actually flew over Japan, as previous missiles have done.

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