July 4th test was not a coincidence.
North Korea boasted about successfully launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on July 4th, the first of its kind for the DPRK, in a test that was likely designed to send a message to the United States.
State-run government propaganda TV claimed the ICBM can “strike any place in the world” and the missile test was a “major breakthrough in the history of our country.”
The ICBM launch occurred at 9:39AM, it landed somewhere in Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters at his office that North Korea ignored “repeated warnings from the international community” to avoid testing intercontinental missiles.
“The missile launch this time has clearly shown that the (North Korean) threat has further increased,” Abe said.
Abe also promised to work with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin to respond “in a more constructive way.”
President Donald Trump responded to the North Korean missile launch on Twitter:
“Hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer,” he wrote. “Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!”
Tensions between the West and the DPRK could escalate rapidly if the “Hermit Kingdom” develops intercontinental nuclear technology capable of threatening the U.S. mainland.