#BREAKING: North Korea Launches Missile Eastward

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North Korea has launched a missile eastward at around dawn on Tuesday, according to the South Korean military. The missile was launched from near Pyongyang.

South Korean and U.S. officials are analyzing the trajectory of the missile currently. We will provide more information as it becomes available. (source) 1:55 p.m. ET November 28, 2017

South Korea has staged a “precision strike” missile exercise in response to the North Korean launch, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (source) 2:00 p.m. ET November 28, 2017

The Japanese Prime Minister’s office has stated that the missile appears to have fallen into the Exclusive Economic Zone of Japan. (source) 2:06 p.m. ET November 28, 2017

Japan’s Prime Minister has ordered an emergency meeting of all the cabinet ministers due to the launch. (source) 2:11 p.m. ET November 28, 2017

While reporters yelled questions about North Korea at President Trump as he left Capitol Hill, he responded “We’ll be talking about it.” (source) 2:19 p.m. ET November 28, 2017

Preliminary data shows that the missile launch was indeed an ICBM. The missile went almost 2,800 miles into space. For comparison, the International Space Station flies 250 miles into space. (source) 3:33 p.m. ET November 28, 2017

In a press conference, President Trump said that North Korean launch, “is a situation we will handle.” He offered no further detail. (source) 3:48 p.m. ET November 28, 2017

Experts say that the missile from today’s launch has the potential to hit any part of the Continental United States, including Washington D.C. Worthy of note, this is based on the lightweight mock warhead that was likely attached. Therefore, a nuclear warhead would likely not be able to travel this far, as it is much heavier. (source) 4:07 p.m. ET November 28, 2017

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