North Korea Launches New Missile, Claims Missile has Worldwide Reach
Over the weekend, North Korea successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM.
This missile launch was North Korean’s 11th this year and it is believed to be their most successful launch to date. The North Koreans believe that the missile can reach anywhere in the world.
A Japanese defense official said that this missile is a Hwasong-14 that landed in South Korean waters.
The U.S. tracked the missile which reportedly reached an altitude of 1,300 miles and traveled more than 570 miles, for around 37 minutes but Japan reported they tracked it for about 40 minutes.
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Initially, the U.S. defense officials thought this new North Korean missile was a stage-one missile, but later confirmed that this was a stage-two missile that had an additional booster that gave it an extra 30 seconds of flight.
After the launch, U.S. President, Donald Trump responded said on Twitter that “North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!”
UN Secretary-General António Guterres strongly condemned the North Korean missile test.
“This action is yet another brazen violation of Security Council resolutions and constitutes a dangerous escalation of the situation.The DPRK leadership must cease further provocative actions and comply fully with its international obligations,” the U.N. Secretary general said.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also weighed in. He issued a statement condemning the launch and stressed that it represented an escalation by North Korea.
“Testing an ICBM represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region, and the world,” he said.
As North Korea continues it’s missile tests, other world leaders are becoming more concerned. Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. The meeting came as a surprise to many observers, as Russia has never publicly commented on North Korea’s missiles tests.
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