Foreign Policy

Report: North Korea Preparing For New ICBM Test

Sources with the South Korean Defense Ministry told reporters today that North Korea is moving an ICBM to its launch testing site, indicating that the rogue nation was preparing for another ICBM missile test. North Korea tested a long-range missile last week, during which the missile flew into Japanese airspace and over the Japanese mainland for several minutes, resulting in emergency alarms warning people to take cover in the event of impact. Earlier this month, North Korea also successfully tested a hydrogen bomb capable of being mounted on its new ICBM that it successfully tested several times earlier this year. North Korean ICBMs are now capable of hitting the mainland United States that can reach targets as far east as Washington D.C. and New York. North Korea has made significant progress in its nuclear program, especially with the accuracy of its missiles, and the missile guidance system. The most significant advancement this year was making missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The United States has hit back hard, with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley calling for the toughest sanctions, saying last week “the time for half measures is over” and the U.S. Navy successfully shooting down an ICBM as part of its missile defense system development. The most serious response came when President Trump threatened to suspend all trade with China if they continued to fund and supply North Korea which is in violation of existing sanctions. The United States state department has said that they would like to negotiate an end to the nuclear escalation peacefully. The North Koreans might be pushed to the negotiating table, as several Chinese scientists have said that North Korea’s main nuclear facility is collapsing, with the highly likely possibility of leaking a catastrophic amount of radiation all over the country, with no tools available in the country to effectively contain the radioactive material. The U.S. is ready to resolve this serious issue peacefully or with a military response, the ball is now in the court of the North Koreans to decide their next move.



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