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The latest North Korea ICBM missile can now strike most of Unites States. The intercontinental ballistic missile is the second to be test-fired this month.
This highly provocative action by North Korea has put pressure on both China and United States to find ways to curb the North Korea nuclear ambitions.
On July 28, Kim Jong Un ordered the test-fire of the Hwasong-14 missile which was the same model fired 3 weeks ago.
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the missile, which was launched late on Friday night, flew for about 45 minutes and landed in the country’s exclusive economic zone. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said it reached an altitude of about 3,700 kilometers, which is almost 1,000 kilometers higher than the July 4 test. Read more..
The ICBM missile was fired at 23:41 (15:41 GMT) from an arms plant in Jagang province in the north of the country, and landed about 100km from Hokkaido island of Japan.
Did the North Korean did a sweep of the area just before firing the missile? There could be fishermen boats or ships in that area. Luckily there were no damages reported.
Experts had estimated that if the ICBM is flown on a standard trajectory, it could fly 10,000 kilometers. This means it could strike North-Western part of US including cities such as Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago.
Unfortunately, an expert in North Korea’s missile program, Melissa Hanham said “… with a 45-minute test flight it could reach New York City.”
Donald Trump tweet an angry response to the ICBM test.
Agreed! What’s wrong with this Kim Jong Un guy? Can’t he live peaceful and spend the money on his citizens to improve their livelihood?
At a recent press appearance, Trump called the reclusive regime a “menace” and said, “The era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed…and frankly that patience is over.”