North Korea test-fires another missile

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A North Korean navy truck carries the ‘Pukkuksong’ submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of country’s founding father, Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, April 15, 2017. 

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Last Updated Apr 28, 2017 5:55 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff says North Korea has test-fired a missile from the western part of its country. There were no other immediate details Saturday morning, including what type of missile was used.

The missile exploded shortly after liftoff, the South Korean military told the Yonhap news agency.

North Korea routinely test-fires a variety of ballistic missiles, despite United Nations prohibitions, as part of its push to develop a long-range ballistic missile capable of hitting U.S. shores.  

The missile test comes at a particularly heightened time of tension with North Korea. On Thursday, U.S. Adm. Harry Harris Jr., the Navy officer overseeing military operations in the Pacific, said “there is no doubt in my mind” that North Korea is creating a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the U.S.

The Trump administration, meanwhile, has said that all options, including a targeted missile strike, are on the table as a preventative measure against North Korea. But U.S. Sen. John McCain told “CBS This Morning” on Thursday that any strike to North Korean aggression would “absolutely be the last option.”

“That is when we are convinced that North Korea has that capability to launch a missile that could strike with a nuclear weapon the West Coast of the United States,” said McCain.  

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Source: CBS News – World

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