Hwasong-14 Missile– North Korea’s missile crisis took another turn on July 4, as the Asian country confirmed the successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
The Hwasong-14 missile is said to be the highest missile test in history, reaching an altitude of 2,802 kilometers (1,741 miles). It reportedly flew 933km for 39 minutes before hitting a target in the sea.
Coinciding with the independence celebration of the United States, Pyongyang considers the launch an independence day gift to America.
North Korean reports quoted President Kim to have sarcastically said:
“We should send them gifts once in a while to help break their boredom.”
He also noted that the “American bastards would be not very happy with this gift sent on the July 4 anniversary”.
The launch of Hwasong-14 has been declared a global threat as the missile has the capability of reaching “anywhere in the world”. Observers of the nuclear weapon says that it can very well hit the United State’s mainland, Alaska.
North Korea has rebuffed United Nations and world powers with continuous tests of nuclear weapons. The Asian country insists on carrying on with its nuclear mission “unless the US hostile policy and nuclear threats come to an end completely.” Only then will they consider the option of negotiation.
Coming as a particularly intended threat for the United States, Trump has teamed with South Korea to resume their ballistic missile drills.
The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has condemned the dangerous launch of the Hwasong-14 missile, calling it “an escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region, and the world”.
“Global action is required to stop a global threat,”
“Any country that hosts North Korean guest workers, provides any economic or military benefits, or fails to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions is aiding and abetting a dangerous regime.”
Tillerson was indirectly referring to countries like Russia and China who enjoy ties with North Korea. China has declined several calls to pull economic strings that will bend North Korea.
Last month Pyongyang launched an intermediate missile that ended up on the Russian soil. Surprisingly President Putin weakly reacted to the missile launch while urging the United States to desist from intimidating North Korea.
In the wake of the Hwasong-14 missile launch, Russia and China have taken a diplomatic tone, pleading for concession on both parties. Leaders of both countries met on Tuesday at a press conference in Moscow.
They propose that North Korea suspends its ballistic missile programme in exchange for a stop on the drills by the US and South Korea.
President Putin said:
“It is very important to push forward our joint initiative on settling the Korean problem with a view of immediately freezing the ballistic missile strikes and also dealing with the US deployment of weapons in South Korea,”
Before now South Korea’s new President, Moon Jae-In has advocated for a non-violent resolution. Giving the July 4th development, President Moon gave a go-ahead for the missile drills; sending a message of readiness to North Korea.
During the Asian Leadership Conference in Seoul on Monday Moon took home some advise from the former President, Obama on possible approaches to the North Korean issue.
From February till date, President Kim has overseen the testing of about 11 nuclear missiles; and promises to continue with it.
The United Nation’s Security Council is scheduled to meet on Wednesday over the Hwasong-14 missile launch. It is also speculated that Trump will raise the topic at the G20 summit in Germany on Friday.