North Korea launches ballistic missile

North Korea launched projectile into the sea off its east coast.

Elad Benari,

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North Korea launched an unidentified projectile into the sea off its east coast on Tuesday (local time), South Korea's military said, according to Reuters.

The projectile, which the South Korean military also described as a ballistic missile, was launched from the North's western region.

North Korea has violated international sanctions and UN revolutions, and has continuously carried out nuclear tests and ballistic missile tests.

The isolated country has conducted five nuclear tests since 2006, including two last year.

Last week, U.S. officials said North Korea conducted another rocket engine test which could potentially be used on a future intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

The latest test comes several days after U.S. President Donald Trump declared that the U.S. had “run out of patience” with North Korea over its nuclear drive.

"Together, we are facing the threat of the reckless and brutal regime in North Korea. The nuclear and ballistic missile programs of that regime require a determined response," Trump said during a meeting at the White House with South Korea's new leader Moon Jae-In.

"The North Korean dictatorship has no regard for the safety and security of its people, for its neighbors and has no respect for human life," he added.

Trump has made halting Pyongyang's weapons program a top foreign policy priority. Senior officials said the administration's policy hinges on pressuring North Korea through China.