Declaring its might, North Korea has announced that it has successfully tested a powerful new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Wednesday. The missile reportedly puts all of U.S. mainland within its range, declaring that it had achieved its long-held goal of becoming a nuclear power. This is North Korea’s alleged plan to defend itself from ‘the US imperialists’.
The new powerful missile, North Korea said, reached an altitude of around 4,475 km (2,780 miles), which is more than 10 times the height of the international space station - and flew 950 km (600 miles) during its 53 minute flight.
“After watching the successful launch of the new type ICBM Hwasong-15, Kim Jong Un declared with pride that now we have finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force, the cause of building a rocket power,” a North Korean television presenter said.
U.S., Japanese and South Korean officials all stated that the missile, which landed within Japan’s exclusive economic zone, was likely an ICBM. However, the Pentagon denied any threat to the U.S., territories or allies.
“It went higher frankly than any previous shot they’ve taken, a research and development effort on their part to continue building ballistic missiles that can threaten everywhere in the world, basically,” U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the White House.
Since its mid-September missile test, this test was a first. It comes a week after U.S. President Donald Trump listed the Asian country back on a U.S. list of countries that support terrorism. This allows US to impose more sanctions against North Korea. Under its leader, Kim Jong Un, North Korea has conducted dozens of ballistic missile tests, albeit international sanctions against such tests. It had conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test in September.
The country has called itself a ‘responsible nuclear power’ and that its strategic weapons were developed to defend itself from U.S. and its ‘nuclear blackmail policy and nuclear threat’. Trump strengthened his support from with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-In to combat North Korea’s terrorism
“It is a situation that we will handle,” Trump told reporters.Read More