North Korea has claimed that it had successfully tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could reach all of the U.S. mainland. This happened after Trump put North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism.
This was North Korea’s first missile launch since September 15. Some scientists have cautioned that with the latest ICBM test, Washington, could now technically be within reach of Pyongyang.
Pyongyang said the new powerful missile ICBM Hwasong-15 reached an altitude of around 4,475 km (2,780 miles) – more than 10 times the height of the international space station – and flew 950 km (600 miles).
Here’s all you need to know about North Korea’s aggression towards the United States:
Why is North Korea conducting missile tests?
North Korea has conducted dozens of ballistic missile tests under Kim Jong Un ever since the beginning of 2017 in defiance of UN sanctions & threatened to continue boosting the country’s military capabilities if the US didn’t stop its military exercises with Sorth Korea.
How many missile tests have been conducted by North Korea in recent times?
The November 28 missile launch marked nearly two dozen missile launches conducted by North Korea since February, a period of time in which Trump and Jong Un have engaged in an increasingly aggressive war of words over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
- It started with the May 14 launch of an intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missile North Korea says can carry a heavy nuclear warhead.
- One week later, on May 21, the country tested a Pukguksong-2 missile that uses solid fuel, which is harder to detect by outsiders before launch.
- On June 8, North Korea fired several projectiles believed to be short-range surface-to-ship cruise missiles.
- North Korea conducted its first ICBM launch on July 4, the same day US announced its Independence in 1776. ICBM is a missile that can travel at least 3,400 miles (5,500 km) from its launch site.
- In the same month, Pyongyang fired its second ICBM on July 28.
- On August 29, North Korea fired an intermediate-range Hwasong-12 that flew over Japan before plunging into the northern Pacific Ocean.
- On September 3, it carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date, claiming it was a hydrogen bomb.
- On September 15, North Korea fires an intermediate-range missile over Japan into the Pacific, it flew about 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles), its longest-ever flight.
What are the implications of these missile tests?
The missile tests-fires, under Kim Jong Un, has only escalated the tension between North Korea and United States. While Jong Un has vowed to strengthen its military power through these tests, it has faced global condemnation from the world leaders. In response to ICBM tests by North Korea, the UN Security Council unanimously approved strict sanctions on exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood that it said would total more than $1 billion per year of income to North Korea.