North Korea fires Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 04-Jul-2017

Pyongyang, July 4: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un once again demonstrated that he is not going to ease up on his nation's regular ballistic missile tests, despite the international disapproval. Today, Pyongyang fired ballistic missile test earlier this morning. As per Korean media reports, it is an intercontinental ballistic missile.

After the launch of a ballistic missile, the North Korea had an important announcement that “Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un signed the order to carry out the test-fire of inter-continental ballistic rocket Hwasong-14".

The missile was launched just a few days after the leaders of South Korea and the United States agreed to leave the door open for dialogue with the communist nation.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of South Korea informed, "North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile into the East Sea from the vicinity of Banghyon of North Pyongyang Province at 9:40 a.m. and it flew more than 930 kilometres”.

President Moon Jae-in presided over a National Security Council session will be discussing the North's missile test which is the second in less than a month.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military described the test as a ‘land-based, intermediate-range’ missile, informing that it was tracked for 37 minutes before dropping into the East Sea.

The Hawaii-based US Pacific Command stated, "The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) assessed that the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America”. Adding the information it said, "We continue to monitor North Korea's actions closely”.

A spokesman for the JCS Army Col. Roh Jae-Cheon stressed that South Korea and the U.S. are analysing the apogee of the missile and other details. "Our military is maintaining full preparedness against the possibility of North Korea's additional provocation," he added.

The missile may have landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) reported Japanese media.

A U.S. expert asserted that if the missile has fired normally, it could have reached Alaska.

Last week in Washington, U.S. President Donald Trump expressed support for the South Korean president's push for improving inter-Korean relations. They also emphasised that the door to dialogue with the North remains open under the right circumstances.

Previously on June 8, the North Korea has fired four surface-to-ship cruise missiles from its east coast in the wake of a Scud-type ballistic missile launch from a nearby area about a week earlier.

The missile test was launched when the South Korea’s President Moon-Jae-in plans to leave for Germany for attending the Group of 20 summits where he will be holding a meeting with Trump and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

In order to hide it’s testing until the last minute, North Korea is apparently diversifying its missile inventory and launch sites.