North Korea Claims It’s ‘Successfully Tested’ An Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
North Korea is claiming to have successfully tested a long-rage ‘intercontinental’ missile.
For the first time, the secretive nation has reportedly successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) which has the potential to reach U.S. mainland.
The successful missile launch, which took place at 09.40 local time (00.40 GMT) acts as a delivery system for nuclear weapons, was announced on North Korean state television.
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The Hwasong-14 missile, overseen by dictator Kim Jong-un, flew about 930km (578 miles) for around 40 minutes, the BBC reports.
Though North Korea appear to be making headway with their nuclear aims, experts believe that Pyongyang does not have the capability to accurately target a specific place with an ICBM.
The Director of the Defence Intelligence Agency has claimed it’s inevitable that a North Korean nuclear missile will hit the U.S. mainland.
Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart warned the Senate Armed Services Committee that the possibility of a nuclear attack from North Korea was very real and that if the country was left on its ‘current trajectory the regime will ultimately succeed’.
Donald Trump has vowed the ‘era of patience’ with North Korea is now over and plans to meet Kim Jong-un with force.
The U.S. President has pledged a ‘determined response’ to the threats posed by the dictator’s nuclear weapons programme as well as the human rights abuses by its communist regime.
Following the death of American student Otto Warmbier under North Korea’s ‘brutal regime’, the relationship between the two nations has soured even further.
Watch this space…