Just around a half-hour before Saturday night’s #GOPDebate, South Korean media reported that North Korea had just launched a rocket that seemed to be a long-range missile test.
BREAKING: North Korea has fired a long-range rocket critics see as cover for banned missile test.
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 7, 2016
The United Nations Security Council is expected to meet Sunday morning to review the situation.
BREAKING NEWS: U.S. agencies: Tracked "what we assess was a North Korean missile launch" at 7:29pm ET Saturday https://t.co/WO8kz4Y70i
— CNN International (@cnni) February 7, 2016
NORAD on North Korea: "The missile was tracked on a southerly launch over the Yellow Sea..no time was the missile a threat to North America"
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 7, 2016
— WH National Security (@NSC44) February 7, 2016
— Department of State (@StateDept) February 7, 2016
Kerry released the following statement:
This is the second time in just over a month that the D.P.R.K. has chosen to conduct a major provocation, threatening not only the security of the Korean peninsula, but that of the region and the United States as well. We reaffirm our ironclad commitment to the defense of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan. We will continue to work with our partners and members of the UN Security Council on significant measures to hold the D.P.R.K. to account.
Now is the time to do so in a firm and united way, with measures that make clear the determination of the international community to address the pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities by the D.P.R.K. and this most recent destabilizing and unacceptable challenge to our common peace and security.
The United States strongly condemns today’s missile launch by the #DPRK – a flagrant violation of UN Security Council Resolutions.
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) February 7, 2016
@JohnKerry then do something about it.
— Mathew J. Mari (@mathewjmari) February 7, 2016
Reportedly, James Taylor was unable to be reached by phone or text.
— Scott O'Neil (@ScottON31L) February 7, 2016
— Wayne Zuckerman (@2far2swim) February 7, 2016
— Craig Goedecke (@NeWeathereye) February 7, 2016
— Joshua White (@mrjtwhite) February 7, 2016
— Thomas Van Dyke (@TommyVanDyke) February 7, 2016
@JohnKerry I'm sure they are very upset about this condemnation.
— Jay PeEm (@JayPEhm) February 7, 2016
— Rob Smith (@alibabasios) February 7, 2016
@JohnKerry why wasn't it shut down as soon as it was launched?
— E.USEN (@emmanueluwangue) February 7, 2016
Moderator Martha Raddatz worked news of the missile test into the debate.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 7, 2016
The fact that we’re seeing a launch from a nuclear North Korea is a direct effect of a failure of the Clinton Administration #GOPDebate
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 7, 2016
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) February 7, 2016