first published on May 9, 2019 by Will
North Korea test fired two short-range ballistic missiles earlier this week, and just 10 minutes later, the US responded by test firing a long-range intercontinental missile.
The missiles fired by North Korea are being described as short-range ballistic missiles, and were launched to the east over the Sea of Japan, from the west coast of North Korea. One missile travelled 260 miles and the other went approximately 160 miles.
Ten minutes after a North Korean launch, the US Air Force Global Strike Command responded by test-firing an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from California to the Marshall Islands, approximately 4,200 miles.
North Korea hasn’t launched any missiles in several months, which has been credited to negotiations between President Trump and Un. However, those talks stalled out when Trump and Un couldn’t work out a mutually beneficial deal.
This new round of missile tests, however, are not in conflict with the agreements the two nations’ leaders have previously developed, in that they were not nuclear detonations and not long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the US.
North Korea’s recent flaring is likely to to remind the world that they haven’t faded into obscurity and to prompt Trump to return to the bargaining table.
The following video shows the May 9, 2019, Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. (U.S. Air Force Video by Michael Stonecypher/RELEASED)