After more missile testing on Sunday, North Korea announced on Monday that they’re prepared to mass produce a new medium-range missile that would be able to reach Japan and major U.S. military bases.
North Korea successfully launched the solid-fuel Pukguksong-2 missile this past weekend, which reached a height of 350 miles before landing in the Pacific Ocean. The tiny communist dictatorship said that they’re the “answer” to President Trump’s policies.
State media reports that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un ordered and watched the launch. It said the test “verified technical aspects of the weapon system and examined its adaptability under various battle conditions” prior to being deployed to military units.
Kim reportedly considers his latest missile launch a huge success, stating that it’s ready for action and must “be rapidly mass-produced.”
Satellite imagery indicates that the North is probably preparing for a sixth nuclear missile test. Angry at being hit with more international sanctions, North Korea is doubling down on its efforts; especially after successfully testing a new midrange missile — the Hwasong 12 — which they claim could transport a heavy nuclear warhead.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the North’s defiant missile testing is “disappointing” and “disturbing.”
After the launch, South Korea held a National Security Council meeting in which their Foreign Ministry admitted that the launch “throws cold water” on any efforts to ease tensions on the peninsula.
Meanwhile, China, which is one of North Korea’s only allies, is begging all sides to exercise restraint.
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