North Korea’s attempt to fire a missile from its eastern coast on Friday ended in failure. North Korean officials have not released details regarding the test. What is known is an intermediate-range Musudan missile was involved.
“We were aware of North Korea’s announcement of their rocket launch and monitored the situation with our allies Japan and South Korea. I can’t get into specifics of the operation, but … with our AEGIS ships, we do have a robust missile-defense capability for the region,” said a spokesman for the U.S. 7th Fleet in Japan.
“At present, the situation on the peninsula is complex and sensitive,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters.
“We hope all parties can strictly respect the decisions of the Security Council and avoid taking any steps that could further worsen tensions.”