The country had fired the missile which flew for about 300 miles before landing in to the Sea of Japan. Some analysts viewed the test as a show of power following months of Trump’s ardent stand that he would get tough on the isolated nation.
According to the state-run KCNA news agency, Mr. Kim took a personal charge of the missile test which featured a new device capable of carrying a nuclear warhead – the Pukguksong-2.
President Trump responded by informing Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the US will stand by their side. The three states – Japan, US and South Korea have requested for United Nations Security Council meeting which is expected to be held on Monday afternoon, reports Reuters.
North Korea launched the missile at around 5:55 p.m. Eastern from Banghyeon and ended up into the Sea of Japan. It is estimated to have flown for about 300 miles before landing as explained by the South’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff via a statement.
While speaking to Reuters, the office said that this may be a show of power especially after the new U.S. President remained adamant against the North.
The type of missile is yet to be determined, with the military speculating it is a Musudan. This missile flies for a maximum of 2,500 miles.
North Korea perceived dictator at the start of this year warned that his country was conducting tests on an intercontinental ballistic missile. This warning quickly attracted the attention of US President, who replied via a tweet.
“North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!” Mr. Trump said.
South Korea has termed the test to be provocative with the military experts explaining that a “cold-eject” system had been used to launch the rocket. This system uses compressed gas for its initial thrust, a system employed for submarine-launched missiles.
You are raising tensions
Nato has equally come out to condemn the missile test, with its Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg requesting North Korea to refrain from raising tensions but rather partake meaningful dialogue with the international community.
The European Union equally weighed in saying that Mr. Kim’s continued disregard to its international obligations cannot be taken lightly.
North Korea is currently serving UN sanctions as a result of its nuclear tests. The most recent is a cap on its coal exports, but it seems these are not enough to deter Kim from his threatening plans.