North Korea once again tested the patience of the international community with another missile launch on Friday. The missile launched in northern Jangang province flying for 45 minutes and landing in the sea off its east coast, possibly in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, according to South Korean and Japanese officials.
It is unclear whether the missile was an intercontinental one capable of reaching the continental U.S. Recently, the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency shaved two years off the consensus forecast for North Korea’s ICBM program, estimating that the communist state will have nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles as early as next year.
The latest missile test could possibly sway Trump to sign Congress’ bill that would impose sanctions against North Korea, Russia and Iran.