North Korea fires first ballistic missile in two months

North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Tuesday afternoon, ending a more than two-month long pause in military aggression from the isolated communist regime.

South Korean officials said the missile was launched from a base just south of North Korean capital Pyongyang early Wednesday local time. The missile was still flying in an eastward direction around 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to officials.

The launch came just hours after Japanese officials detected radio signals suggesting that North Korea was preparing a launch. Last week, U.S. military experts said North Korea could conduct a new missile test within days.

Homeland Security officials in Guam announced there was “no immediate threat” to the American territory. Guam has been in the crosshairs since North Korea threatened to fire missiles at the small Pacific island this summer. 

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Photo distributed by the North Korean government on Saturday, July 29, 2017, shows what was said to be the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile.

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The Tuesday launch marks the first since North Korea fired an intermediate ballistic missile over Japan on Sept. 15. 

Further details about the launch were not immediately available. American and South Korean military officials were monitoring the situation Tuesday afternoon.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that President Trump was briefed on the launch while the “missile was still in the air.”  

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This undated picture released by North Korean state media shows leader Kim Jong Un inspecting a launching drill of a ballistic rocket.

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The public beef between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has escalated in recent months.

While on a state visit to Vietnam on Nov. 11, Trump suggested over Twitter that Kim was “short and fat.” North Korean state media responded by declaring that Trump had been “sentenced to death by the Korean people.”  

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