CNBC was the first to report that North Korea test fired another missile that failed. No details on the failure yet but the White House will be releasing a statement on the failed launch later. CNBC said that it got a confirmation on the rocket launch but that it was not a nuclear test. Kim Jong-Un has decided to play Russian Roulette with a fully loaded gun.
The incident comes as the United States reconsiders its strategy in dealing with the isolated nation.
In an interview with Reuters published late Thursday, President Donald Trump said “major, major” conflict with North Korea is possible, but that he would prefer a diplomatic solution.
Trump also told Reuters that he wants South Korea to pay for the $1 billion missile defense system. The system, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), is designed to protect South Korea and Japan from missile attack, and it could be operational as soon as summer 2017.
On Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the United Nations to take new sanctions against North Korea.
House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy said on Thursday that the chamber would hold a vote on sanctions next week, which he said would target North Korea’s shipping industry and “those who employ North Korean slave labor abroad.”