Tensions Increase As North Korea Fires New Missile


Will Zhang, Writer/Editor

North Korea conducted a “test firing of a new kind” of an ICBM (Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile) last Friday that could potentially hit any target in the United States.

Japan had warned earlier that the Missile had enough range to reach the US mainland. Popular news channel KCNA claimed that the “new” Missile was designated a Hwaseong-17 and said it launched from Pyongyang. The ICBM was fired at around 10:15 a.m. from the North Korean capital Pyongyang. From there, it flew 621 miles at an incredible speed of 4.5 miles per second before it crashed approximately 130 miles west of the Japanese Island of Oshima Oshima. The US released a statement stating that it was a “brazen” violation of UN resolutions and that “North Korea is continuing to carry out provocative actions at a frequency never seen before.”

Additionally, Japanese Defence Minister Yasukazu Hamada said in a statement, “The ICBM-class ballistic missile launched this time could have a range of over 15,000 km when calculated based on the flight distance of this ICBM,” which would mean that the ICBM could hit any target in the United States when launched from Pyongyang. Furthermore, in a statement from North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, he said that North Korea would “clearly demonstrate their strongest will to retaliate the hysteric aggression war drills by the enemies seeking to destroy peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and the region.” Kim warned that his country would take more offensive actions if the US and South Korea kept doing Military Exercises in the Korean Peninsula.