An official with the Joint Chiefs of Staff for South Korea has confirmed that North Korea launched another ballistic missile early Wednesday from Pyongsong, South Pyongan. The missile was aimed in an easterly direction:
North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile early this morning from Pyongsong, South Pyongan, to the east direction. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff is analyzing more details of the missile with the US side.
Pentagon spokesperson Colonel Rob Manning confirmed the launch, stating:
At approximately 1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, we detected a probable missile launch from North Korea. We are in the process of assessing the situation and will provide additional details when available.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary, stated that President Donald Trump had been briefed on the situation in North Korea “while the missile was still in the air.”
This has been North Korea’s first missile launch since September, a matter which has puzzled the United States defense and intelligence officials. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been busy this year, firing off 22 test missiles without warheads during a total of 15 test launches since last February. It is well known that North Korea is continuing to “develop its missiles, rocket fuel and engines, as well as targeting and guidance systems.”
Regarding being able to launch an active threat at the U.S., it is expected that, based on their current capabilities and on-going development, Pyongyang might be able to “launch a missile with a warhead atop that could attack the US” as early as 2018. North Korea has launched more missiles for testing in 2017 than previously, and they tested two in July that show potential intercontinental range. Now Hawaii is also testing their sirens for the first time since the Cold War in preparation for a nuclear attack.
It will be interesting to see how the man-child president responds to this most recent challenge. In the past, Trump has puffed out his (cough cough) mighty chest and made threats to completely remove North Korea from the map, further inflaming the tension between the two childish leaders. As they thump their chests and brag about their military prowess, most of us wonder why they don’t just whip them out across a table and measure.