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.

The United Nations Security Council is expected to meet Sunday morning to review the situation.

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.

Reportedly, James Taylor was unable to be reached by phone or text.

Moderator Martha Raddatz worked news of the missile test into the debate.