North Korea on Wednesday reportedly fired a ballistic missile into the sea, the rouge nation's first such weapons launch in about two months.
Such missiles can carry a nuclear warhead, the development of which North Korea is pursing. And the launch appears to be another indication that leader Kim Jung Un isn't interested in rejoining denuclearization, according to the Associated Press.
The launch of the suspected missile, which land in North Korea's eastern waters, came after Kim Jong Un vowed at a ruling party conference last week to further strengthen his military capability.
The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said the ballistic missile launch highlights the destabilizing impact of North Korea’s "illicit weapons program" but didn’t pose an immediate threat to U.S. territory or its allies, the wire service also reports.
The statement also affirmed the United States' commitment to the defense of allies South Korea and Japan.