Could the U.S. be powerful enough to thwart North Korea’s attempted missile launch? Some foreign officials are claiming that communist dictator Kim Jong-Un’s miserable attempt at firing a medium-range missile, which blew up almost as soon as it was launched, was stopped in its tracks by cyber-hacking.
Former British conservative foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind told reporters on Sunday that a system malfunction could have made the missile blow up, “but there is a very strong belief that the U.S. — through cyber methods — has been successful on several occasions in interrupting these sorts of tests and making them fail.’
The South Korean defense ministry reported that it had detected a failed launch from the area of Sinpo, which is the location of North Korea’s largest submarine base.
Just after that, Vice President Mike Pence and his family arrived in South Korea for a 10-day trip in which they will tour Asia.
The failed missile is thought to be one of the country’s new ‘game-changer’ intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). The missile was showcased along with the rest of Kim Jong-Un’s weaponry in North Korea’s annual celebration parade, called “Day of the Sun,” on Saturday.
Military officials have said that the weapon is “presumed to be a new ICBM because it is longer than the existing KN-08 or KN-14 missiles.”
Pence, along with his wife Karen and daughters Audrey and Charlotte, attended Easter church services with members at the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul. During a fellowship dinner, he said that North Korea’s “provocation” reminds us of the risks that U.S. and South Korean service members face every day “in the defense of the freedom of the people of South Korea and the defense of America in this part of the world.”
Pence is the son of a Korean War veteran and displays his late father’s Bronze Star Medal in his office. He tweeted on Sunday, after visiting Seoul National Cemetery: “At Seoul National Cemetery, I laid a wreath to honor South Koreans who sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom.”
Honored to join US & Korean service members for church and lead prayer before the fellowship dinner in Seoul. Happy Easter! pic.twitter.com/9K0SP1Anim
— Karen Pence (@SecondLady) April 16, 2017
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