North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Over Japan

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UPDATE [11/28/17, 02:25 a.m. EST]:

White House Press Secretay Sarah Sanders said on Twitter that President Donald Trump has been informed about North Korea's missile launch.

North Korea reportedly fired an unidentified ballistic missile Wednesday at 3 a.m. local time, according to the South Korean military.

According to the Yonhap News Agency, “The missile flew eastward and the South Korean military is analyzing details with the U.S.”

Wednesday's test comes a few months after the rogue nation last launched a missile in mid-September that flew over Japan before hitting the Pacific Ocean.

This latest act of provocation by North Korea follows news that South Korea is claiming the rogue nation may be capable of firing a nuclear missile as early as next year.

According to a top South Korean minister, Kim Jong Un is pushing to reach that capacity in time for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in September 2018.

“They have been developing their nuclear capabilities faster than expected,” Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said at a Tuesday news conference. “We cannot rule out the possibility of North Korea declaring the completion of their nuclear program next year.”

According to CNN, Washington also believes the Kim Jong Un-led nation will gain the ability to launch a nuclear missile by 2018.

The ongoing conflict between the U.S. and North Korea ratcheted up even further last week when the president announced plans to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism over its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

North Korea called the move a “serious provocation and violent infringement” in response.

A spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry slammed Trump, calling the decision “just a tool for American style authoritarianism that can be attached or removed at any time in accordance with its interests.”

This is a breaking news story. More information will be added as it becomes available.

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