U.S. Confirms North Korea Fired Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
Seoul, South Korea – The Trump administration on Tuesday confirmed North Korea’s assertion that it had launched an intercontinental ballistic missile and told Pyongyang that the United States would use “the full range of capabilities at our disposal against the growing threat.”
The administration has followed this warning Wednesday morning with a joint military exercise in which US and South Korean forces fired ballistic missiles into the waters along the east coast of the Korean peninsula.
However, North Korea reiterated Wednesday that it never deviated from its determination to strengthen its nuclear and missile capability as the “hostile policy” of the United States and the “nuclear threat” remained.
North Korea’s Central News Agency said its new intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-14, was able to hit the “heart of the United States” with “large and heavy heads.”
The launch, according to the agency, has successfully tested the functions of the two stages of missile propulsion and the ability of the warhead to withstand the heat and intense vibrations that enter Earth’s atmosphere.
Wednesday morning, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has hardened the United States, saying the launch was a “gift” from July 4 in the Trump administration.
Korea’s Central News Agency said the country’s citizens were satisfied with the “right time” for their leader’s decision to “hit the arrogant United States in the nose” by conducting the first ICBM test , Coinciding with Independence Day.
“American bastards must be very unhappy after carefully following our strategic decision,” the news agency said after seeing M. Kim on the missile test Tuesday.
“I think they are not too happy with the gift package we sent them during their Independence Day. Often they should send us their gift packages so they are not too boring.”
M. Kim made the remarks “with a groan,” the news agency said.
The joint exercise of missiles by the United States and South Korea was first proposed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and approved by Trump’s President, Luna said office.
In response to a request from the United States, the UN Security Council, which repeatedly penalizes North Korea over its violations of the ban on nuclear and missile tests will meet in an emergency session Wednesday after – Midi.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has sharply criticized the launch of North Korea. “This action is another flagrant violation of Security Council resolutions and is a dangerous escalation of the situation,” he said in a statement. Mr.
Guterres called on North Korea to “stop other acts of provocation and to fully comply with its international obligations.”
The North Korean missile left the Banghyon airfield in the northwestern city of Kusong and flew 578 miles before landing in the sea between North Korea and Japan, the South Korean military said in a statement. The US military said it remained on site for 37 minutes.
While the North has made considerable progress in its weapons programs, experts believe it can not create enough small warheads to be mounted on intercontinental ballistic missiles.
However, US politicians have long seen the development of an intercontinental ballistic missile as a critical threshold that the North should not cross.
The missile test added another volatile element to the Trump administration’s efforts to curb North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, which included naval exercises off the Korean peninsula and pressure on Pyongyang’s long-time Chinese ally.
In a French phone call Sunday, the president warned Trump Xi Jinping of China and the United States were willing to act alone against North Korea.
If the missile took 37 minutes to fly 578 miles, it would mean that it had a large loft trajectory, probably reaching an altitude of more than 1 700 000, said David Wright, co-director of the Union’s Global Security Program Concerned Scientists .
A missile of this type would have a maximum range of about 4,160 miles or 6,700 kilometers, making it the standard trajectory, he said. North Korea said the rocket flew for 39 minutes.