first published on November 30, 2017 by Will
According to the South Korean military, the northern rogue state’s newest test missile just flew 10 times higher than the International Space Station and two times higher than all the satellites in low-Earth orbit.
North Korea claimed it had just launched their newly developed Hwasong-15 missile that carries an extremely large payload, and also claimed that the warhead can strike anywhere in the mainland United States.
Officials in the West confirmed the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, but said NorKo’s claims of striking anywhere in the US couldn’t be corroborated. Additionally, the launch was described as being lofted, in an attempt to maximize the height of the launch, although the rocket would have landed within a couple hundred miles of its launch point.
“It went higher, frankly, than any previous shot they’ve taken,” Defense Secretary James Mattis said, according to NBC News. Other officials said the missile went 2,800 miles above the Earth’s surface, and if it was fired at a lower angle, could technically reach the eastern United States.
Tuesday’s missile test triggered an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting, at which U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley urged all countries to sever economic and diplomatic ties with North Korea.
Haley went on to say, “We have never sought war with North Korea, and still today we do not seek it… If war does come, it will be because of continued acts of aggression like we witnessed yesterday. And if war comes, make no mistake: the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.”
This is Kim jong Un’s 18th missile test since the new year. The following video shows a test launch that occurred back in July that confirmed the rogue state was capable of striking the US mainland.