|The US leadership is commenting on Pyongyang's launch of a new missile|
) - US military command on Friday suspended Pyongyang's launch of a new missile, saying the missile did not pose a threat to North America.
"The missile did not pose a threat to North America or the American Pacific region of Guam, " Commander Dave Benham, spokesman for the US Pacific Command, said in a statement. "Preliminary estimates indicate the launch of a medium-range ballistic missile."
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Banham said the launch was made at 11:57 am (2117 GMT) and that the missile was fired from Sonan in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea . "We continue to monitor North Korea's actions closely," Binham said, stressing the readiness and readiness of the United States to protect itself and its allies from such provocations. The South Korean army announced that North Korea had fired an unidentified missile early on Friday morning from the Sonan district of Pyongyang to the east. The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the South Korean armed forces announced Friday that it had fired its ballistic missile "Hyunmo-2" immediately after knowledge of the test of the new missile to North Korea, according to the agency "Yonhap" South Korean news.[/size]