On Tuesday, North Korea launched another intercontinental ballistic (ICB) missile from its western coast in the direction of Japan. South Korean officials said that this latest missile launch is part of recent test-firings as the North attempts to build a missile that could reach the United States.
On July 5th, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released a statement claiming that they had successfully tested an ICBM that could reach the United States. In his statement, he also stated that his nation will “demonstrate its mettle to the U.S.” and never put its weapons programs up for negotiations. US and South Korean officials believe that North Korea is preparing more tests soon as they try to perfect nuclear-armed missiles capable of striking anywhere in the United States.
The ICBM launch was confirmed by U.S. and South Korean officials. One official stated that the recent missile test was a milestone in North Korea’s efforts to develop long-range missiles with nuclear warheads. But some analysts believe that it will take several more years before North Korea can perfect there nuclear-armed missiles capability.
The U.S military says it tracked a North Korean missile for 37 minutes before it landed in the Sea of Japan. The missile traveled approximately 933 kilometers and reached an altitude of 2,802 kilometers before it splashed in the Sea of Japan.
As a response to the ICBM launch, the U.S. and South Korean troops conducted a show of force by firing “deep strike” precision missiles into South Korean territorial waters. A statement released by a US military official said that the show of force was intended to show “North Korea our firm combined missile response posture,”.
In Washington the United States, Japan and South Korea have requested an emergency U.N. Security Council session on Wednesday. This latest missile test is the most successful missile launch that North Korea has had to date. The missile launch came days after President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in had a face-to-face meeting.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed that Tuesday’s missile launch was an ICBM. Tillerson further stated that North Korea’s missile test, “represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, and the world.” Tillerson also stated that global action is needed to help stop the North Korean threat. North Korea does not only pose a threat to the United States and South Korea, but to many other countries around the world.
The Pentagon’s chief spokesman Dana White, released a statement saying that “the missile test continues to demonstrate that North Korea poses a threat to the United States and our allies.”
A spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement condemning Pyongyang, saying its missile test is “yet another brazen violation of Security Council resolutions and constitutes a dangerous escalation of the situation.”
China’s President Xi Jinping has tried to negotiate with North Korea for several months, but it appears that his efforts are not working. President Donald Trump has stated that he “greatly appreciated” China’s efforts but more needs to be done to stop the growing threat that North Korea possess.