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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

North Korea launches new intercontinental missile

The Pyongyang regime insisted on maintaining its challenge to Washington by firing a ballistic missile back into the Sea of ​​Japan, in what is its first test of this kind after two and a half months without a single launch.

Meanwhile, North Korean television KCTV announced yesterday that the latest projectile launched by the Pyongyang regime is a new model of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) baptized Hwasong-15 that is capable of reaching "the entire territory of the United States."

As the regime used to do, the veteran presenter Ri Chung-hee solemnly announced the "successful" launch, which "Kim Jong-un authorized and personally witnessed the leader," and which is the first in Pyongyang after two months and a half without making pitches.

According to the data handled by the Pentagon, it would be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which would be the third to shoot after the two launched in July.

"We will take care of it (...) It is a situation we will handle," said US President Donald Trump, in a few brief statements from the White House, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson opted for moderation and assured that "diplomatic options are still viable".

The South Korean Army detected that North Korea made the launch around the 3:17 local time in an easterly direction and from the neighborhoods of Pyongsong, in the province of Pyongan of the South, to about 25 kilometers to the north of the North Korean capital.

The Government of Seoul has determined for the moment that the projectile traveled about 960 kilometers and reached an apogee of 4,500 kilometers, which would suppose the maximum height reached to date by a North Korean missile and would indicate a new and dangerous advance for the weapons program of the Pyongyang regime.

Taking into account that the projectile would have been fired at a very wide angle, it is estimated that it could cover about 10 thousand kilometers, enough to reach Hawaii, according to the Seoul data, which also pointed out that it would be a Hwasong-14 missile. long range.

However, the expert David Wright, from the US scientists Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), said in an article that the missile could have traveled more than 13 thousand kilometers from being launched with a standard angle, a distance more than enough to reach Washington or "any continental part of the United States".
For its part, the Japanese Executive said that the missile flew for about 50 minutes and that it would have fallen into the waters of the Sea of ​​Japan (called "East Sea" in the two Koreas) about 250 kilometers from the coast of the Japanese prefecture of Aomori (north of the country).

These waters belong to the Special Economic Zone (EEZ) of Japan, a space that extends some 370 kilometers from its coastline.

The Japanese Minister of Defense, Itsunori Onodera, said that the missile had not been reported to have damaged any ships, while the Prime Minister of his country, Shinzo Abe, condemned the test and the development of the nuclear and missile program by of Pyongyang.

The objective of this program is the development of ICBM missiles capable of reaching US territory carrying a nuclear warhead, and the North Korean regime has insisted that it will continue with it until achieving a "balance of forces" with Washington.

After the launch, South Korea, the US and Japan have requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council that could be held on Wednesday.

Seoul also responded to Pyongyang's action by taking just five minutes after detecting the launch of a missile test near the eastern maritime border with North Korea, while South Korean President Moon Jae-in called a meeting of the Council of National Security (NSC).

It is the first projectile launched by Pyongyang in two and a half months, since last September 15th it fired a medium-range missile that flew over northern Japan before falling into the sea.


Missile reached 'higher' altitude

The head of the Pentagon, James Mattis, warned:
⇒ That the last missile launched by North Korea reached a 'higher' altitude than any of the previous ones, thus putting 'global and regional peace' at risk.
⇒ '(The missile) reached a higher altitude, frankly, than any of the previous attempts they have made,' said Mattis in the White House.
⇒ The Secretary of Defense insisted that the continued North Korean missile tests 'endanger world and regional peace'.

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