North Korea fires missile into sea in first test since Trump took office

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A man watches a TV news program reporting about North Korea's missile launch at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.. North Korea reportedly fired a ballistic missile early Sunday in what would be its first such test of the year and an implicit challenge to President Donald Trump's new administration. Details of the launch, including the type of missile, were scant. The letters read "The ruling and the opposition parties denounce North Korea's missile launch." LEE JIN-MAN/AP
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A man watches a TV news program reporting about North Korea's missile launch at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.. North Korea reportedly fired a ballistic missile early Sunday in what would be its first such test of the year and an implicit challenge to President Donald Trump's new administration. Details of the launch, including the type of missile, were scant. The letters read "The ruling and the opposition parties denounce North Korea's missile launch." LEE JIN-MAN/AP

North Korea fires missile into sea in first test since Trump took office

by: Kim Gamel | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: February 13, 2017

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile into the sea off its east coast on Sunday, dealing its first major challenge to President Donald Trump less than a month after he took office.

Trump pledged solidarity with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who called the launch “absolutely intolerable” and demanded that North Korea comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions aimed at halting its nuclear weapons program.

“The United States of America stands behind Japan, a great ally, 100 percent. Thank you,” Trump said during a brief joint press conference at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

He didn’t specifically condemn the missile test or mention South Korea.

U.S. and South Korean military officials ruled out the use of an intercontinental ballistic missile, despite Pyongyang's assertion that it was close to testing an ICBM.

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