Tensions between the United States and North Korea were at an all-time high this week after the rogue nation successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.
President Trump indicated that he had given up coordinating strategies with China against the dangerous dictatorship.
And the quickly deteriorating situation just took a major step towards war.
The North Korean government successfully launched their first intercontinental missile in the efforts to intimidate President Trump into backing off.
The new missile was designed as an intimidation tactic by the North Koreans, though U.S. officials believe that it may not have the capability to reach the distances claimed.
US Pacific Command confirmed the test and said it was a land-based, intermediate range missile that flew for 37 minutes, adding the launch did not pose a threat to North America.
It was estimated to have reached an altitude that “greatly exceeded” 2,500 kilometers, Japan said, prompting arms control specialist Jeffrey Lewis to respond on Twitter: “That’s it. It’s an ICBM. An ICBM that can hit Anchorage not San Francisco, but still.”
David Wright, of the Union of Concerned Scientists, wrote on the organization’s all things nuclear blog that the available figures implied the missile “could reach a maximum range of roughly 6,700 km on a standard trajectory.”
“That range would not be enough to reach the lower 48 states or the large islands of Hawaii, but would allow it to reach all of Alaska.”
Breitbart reported that the “landmark” testing of a Hwasong-14 missile was overseen by the Korean dictator himself, along with a female reporter broadcasting the event.
It reached an altitude of 2,802 kilometers and flew 933 kilometers, she added.
The North was “a strong nuclear power state” and had “a very powerful ICBM that can strike any place in the world,” she said.
As of now, it is unknown what the full potential of North Korea’s threat may be.
In the past, their military advances have fallen short, especially when it comes to the difficult task of mastering weapons technology needed to survive a re-entry trip through the Earth’s atmosphere.
After three previous nuclear tests and multiple other failed rocket launches, the North Koreans may have finally found a suitable candidate for mass-production.
The missile launch triggered an outburst on Twitter from Trump, who urged China to help “end this nonsense once and for all.”
The President further added a jab at Kim Jong-Un himself.
North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2017
Though President Trump has vowed that there is no conceivable threat of a nuclear bomb reaching the United States from North Korea, the possession of a supposedly working intercontinental ballistic missile is unsettling, and will likely prompt more aggressive tactics from our Commander-in-Chief.
Trump is certainly not one to take threats against United States citizens lightly, and retribution may follow that has more weight to it than just a tweet.
If North Korea is truly planning a substantial attack against the United States, one thing is certain — retaliation will come swiftly and without warning from our no-nonsense President.
Kim Jong-Un has no idea what trouble he just caused for himself and his country.
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