The South Korean military reported that North Korea had fired an “unidentified” rocket on Thursday, the launch comes only days after Kim Jong Un supervised multiple ballistic tests for short range rocket fire.
According to the South Korean military, the unidentified projectile traveled over 420 kilometers East from the launching point of Pyongan Province. The impact point was estimated to strike somewhere in the Western side of the country. After multiple tests on what was left of the “unidentified” rocket, experts believe the missle is possible a product from Russian design. Via NBC News.
The Japanese defense ministry has jumped in for support, contacting UN officials believe there was no evidence of a ballistics threat to Japan. Japanese security officials reported they had not discovered any form of rocket ballistics in the immediate territorial waters. Via The Hill.
“You don’t know what missile it is just from how far it flew,” Yang Uk, a senior research fellow at the Korea Defense and Security Forum, told Reuters. “But one thing is clear - there’s no doubt that it is a missile.”
“North Korea has returned to its classic escalation tactics from before,” Yang added. “I believe they will keep escalating by using what appear to be short-range missiles, something that will not cause the U.S. to react right away.”
North Korea recently launched several unidentified short range missiles off the East coast of the country, with suspicion the landing point was within the Sea of Japan. The short range projectiles used have the estimated capability of traveling up to a range of 125 miles. Via The Hill.
According to CNN, North Korean officials claimed their prior test was intended to “check the operating ability of large-caliber long-range multiple rocket launchers and tactical guided weapons.” North Korea has stated that the test wasn’t used as a provocative move, and is completely “regular and selfdefensive” practices. Via the Daily Caller.
President Trump responded to the news of North Korea’s rocket launching via Twitter, saying he believes the United States and North Korea will eventually have the ability to craft a nuclear agreement deal...
“Anything in this very interesting world is possible, but I believe that Kim Jong Un fully realizes the great economic potential of North Korea, & will do nothing to interfere or end it. He also knows that I am with him & does not want to break his promise to me. Deal will happen!” President Trump wrote on Twitter.