North Korea launched another ballistic missile Friday, marking the latest in a series of missile launches that have led to increased tensions in the region.
Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis confirmed the launch but did not immediately have any other information.
“I can confirm that we detected a launch of a ballistic missile from North Korea. We are assessing and will have more information soon,” he said.
The BBC reported the launch of the missile — which landed in Japan’s territorial waters — is the 14th so far this year.
Earlier this month, North Korea launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of more than 3,400 miles, long enough to reach Alaska or Hawaii, as well as several U.S. allies in the Pacific. That missile, which flew for 37 minutes, landed off the coast of Japan.
The launches have caused concern among key members of Congress. House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry said this week following a closed briefing on the country’s missile capabilities that he was growing “increasingly alarmed.”
“For some time, and especially during the last eight years, we have neglected the nation’s missile defenses,” Thornberry said. “Now we face a growing threat with significant ground to make up.”