North Korea on July 4 claimed it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile which is capable of hitting the mainland United States.
According to a Reuters report, the launch was ordered and supervised by leader Kim Jong Un according to North Korea’s state media. The rocket covered a trajectory of 933 km (580 miles) reaching an altitude of 2,802 km over a flight time of 39 minutes.
The launch came days before leaders from the Group of 20 nations were due to discuss steps to rein in North Korea’s weapons program, which it has pursued in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions.
North Korea’s state media said,” The test launch was conducted at the sharpest angle possible and did not have any negative effect on neighboring countries.”
According to the Washington Post, Donald Trump, U.S. President, took to Twitter: “North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?” referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan said he would ask the presidents of China and Russia to play more constructive roles in efforts to stop Pyongyang’s arms program.
The New York Times reported, North Korea has been trying to build a reliable intermediate-range ballistic missile, which would be able to reach American military bases in the Pacific.
Missile experts say North Korea may still be years away from mastering the technologies needed to build such a missile.
Source links : Reuters, The New York Times, Washington Post