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US Vs North Korea Escalates: NoKor Potential Missile Launch Could Reach America

US Vs North Korea Escalates: NoKor Potential Missile Launch Could Reach America
PHOTOGRAPH: Flickr/Prachatai under Creative Commons | Kim Jong Un Visits Mangyongdae Revolutionary School.


US Vs North Korea Escalates: NoKor Potential Missile Launch Could Reach America

North Korea declared on Tuesday that it had, at long last, successfully test-launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as the regime continues its efforts to build nuclear weapons capable of reaching the mainland United States.

The announcement came hours after a launch which, according to the U.S. military, had sent the missile aloft for 37 minutes. Analysts say that duration is a significant improvement in the range of Pyongyang’s missiles. It flew higher and remained in the air longer than previous attempts —enough to travel as far as 4,000 miles and hit Alaska if flown in a more typical trajectory.

Initial Pentagon assessments said that the North Koreans launched an intermediate-range, single-stage KN-17 missile which landed in the Sea of Japan just under 600 linear miles from its launch point in Panghyon Airfield, near the Chinese border. But the revised analysis assesses with “high confidence” that Pyongyang’s recent launch was an ICBM, according to CNN.

The second analysis states the missile was traveling in a steep arc which topped out at more than 1,740 vertical miles above the Earth’s surface. A missile which exceeds a range of 3,400 miles is classified as an intercontinental ballistic missile or ICBM.

The test comes prior to Trump’s meeting with key Asian leaders and Russian President Vladimir Putin this week.

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The missile test adds a volatile new element to Donald Trump administration’s efforts to curb Kim Jong-Un’s nuclear ambitions, which have included naval drills off the Korean Peninsula and pressure on China, North’s longtime ally. Trump has warned Chinese President Xi Jinping in a blunt phone call Sunday that the US is ready to act alone against Pyongyang.

Trump had also suggested on Twitter that it was time for Beijing to act decisively against the North and “end this nonsense once and for all.”

However, Geng Shuang, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, only reiterated “that the current situation in the Korean Peninsula is complicated and sensitive. We hope all sides concerned can remain calm and restrained so that tensions can be eased as soon as possible.”

Currently, top US officials are still holding meetings. If confirmed by the administration that an ICBM was launched, Trump could potentially approve a “measured response” per CNN’s source. Nothing is set in stone yet, but that response could reportedly include additional US military assets to increase the US presence in the region. Diplomatic options including more sanctions are also among the options.

Also Read: Poll Says They Trust Putin Over Trump


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A Mass Communication graduate, Necta has been writing news and other digital content for over 2 years now. She's a movie buff and a sucker for Korean dramas.

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