North Korea First Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

Michele Moreno
July 10, 2017

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the test showed a snappier than anticipated pace of the North's ICBM program.

North Korea demonstrated its ability to reach the continental United States with a nuclear-capable ballistic missile on July 4, but close analysis of launch footage may point to another unsafe technological development.

A pair of U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam were joined by South Korean and Japanese fighter jets for a 10-hour sequenced bilateral mission over the Korean Peninsula on Friday.

In response to the launch, US and South Korean troops fired ballistic missiles in a simulated attack on the North's leadership, in what was described "as a strong message of warning".

Earlier this week, North Korea was a key topic in phone calls between US President Donald Trump and the leaders of China and Japan. The penetrate takes after a jointly mounted guns and rocket practice by South Korean and US powers a day after the North's ICBM test. "This mission clearly demonstrates the U.S. -ROK alliance remains prepared to use the full range of capabilities to defend and to preserve the security of the Korean Peninsula and region".

This fresh and latest launch of the missile is the North Korea's most successful test of the missile yet.

Macron offered congratulations on Moon's election and said he is aware of how much importance Moon attaches to the issue of South Korea's national security.

Trump has voiced his frustration in recent days that China hasn't done more.

According to the International Business Times, the B-1 bomber is one of three strategic bombers that has the ability to drop massive quantities of air-to-ground weaponry onto a distant target. This would be longer and higher than any other previously tested missile.

South Korea's Yonhap news office said the planes at that point flew west, embracing the vigorously strengthened Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) outskirt between the two Koreas, before leaving South Korean airspace.

"According to these parameters, the missile would have a range of roughly 6,700 kilometers [4,163 miles] if launched on a more typical trajectory, making it an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) according to a widely used definition", the United Nations official said on Wednesday.

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