Another successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) had been conducted by North Korea. This test has proved its ability to strike America’s entire mainland, drawing a sharp warning from U.S. President Donald Trump and a rebuke from China.
The midnight launch of the missile on Friday was personally supervised by the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He said that, “it was a stern warning for the United States that it would not be safe from destruction if it tries to attack,” the North’s official KCNA news agency said.
“The test-fire reconfirmed the reliability of the ICBM system, demonstrated the capability of making a surprise launch of the ICBM in any region and place any time, and clearly proved that the whole U.S. mainland is in the firing range of the DPRK missiles, (Kim) said with pride,” KCNA said. DPRK is short for the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Last year, The North conducted its fourth and fifth nuclear test and has engaged in an unprecedented pace of missile development that experts said significantly advanced its ability to launch longer-range ballistic missiles.
“By threatening the world, these weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people,” Trump said in a statement. “The United States will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the American homeland and protect our allies in the region.” China, the North’s main ally, said it opposed North Korea’s “launch activities that run counter to Security Council resolutions and the common wishes of the international community.”
A foreign ministry statement added: “At the same time, China hopes all parties act with caution, to prevent tensions from continuing to escalate, to jointly protect regional peace and stability.”
Early on Saturday, a live-fire ballistic missile exercise was conducted by the United States and South Korea in a display of firepower in response to the missile launch, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said.
All options are on the table to deal with North Korea, said the Trump administration. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that, he wanted the UN Security Council to discuss new and stronger sanctions against the North, the presidential Blue House said.
North Korea said that ICBM aims to reach an altitude of 3,724.9 km and flew 998 km for 47 minutes and 12 seconds before landing in the waters off the Korean peninsula’s east coast.
North Korea has carried out this missile test despite international pressures. The Pentagon spokesman of the US Defense Headquarters has also confirmed it. The European Union has described it as dangerous for the world’s peace. Recently, the US Congress has voted for a strict ban on Russia, Iran and North Korea.