The missile launched over the weekend by the North Korean government traveled 700 km and landed in the sea, just west of Japan. North Korea revealed today that this was a test of the abilities of a “newly developed ballistic rocket.”
South Korea’s military said it couldn’t guarantee the veracity of the North’s claims, but it said the North’s missiles appeared to leave and re-enter the atmosphere which is critical to developing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
The missile tests repeated this year have rung an international alarm and raised ongoing tensions with the United States. The American and Japanese leaders have called for an emergency meeting between the United Nations Security Council.
The KNCA news agency of North Korea said their missile test was successful.
“The test-fire aimed at verifying the tactical and technological specifications of the newly developed ballistic rocket capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead.”
North Korea is developing both nuclear weapons and missiles capable of delivering them, and both of those are against the sanctions and the regulations of the United Nations.
ICBM’s have a range of about 6,000km, but analysts believe the missile tested on Sunday was only capable of traveling 4,000km.
The KNCA report said Kim Jong-un had overseen the missile test.
The report stated that the Supreme Leader of North Korea told his scientists and technicians involved not to be complacent and to continue to build weapons until the United States “made the right choice,” whatever that choice may be.
The White House has stomped on the possibility of talks with North Korea because of the missile tests.
In a statement released on Sunday, the US government referred to Pyongyang as a menace, and according to the Pentagon; much stronger sanctions should be levied against them to deter future missile programs.
The UN ambassador to the United Nations said until Mr. Kim meets the conditions set by the United States of America, they have no plans to meet with the Supreme Leader of North Korea. China is the only ally of North Korea and is urging the United States to show “restraint.”