North Korea’s failed missile launch
April 21, 2017
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On Sunday, April 16, 2017 North Korea attempted to launch a medium-range missile, just a day after the country’s most important holiday, their founder Kim II Sung’s birthday. At the celebrations Kim Jung Un took the opportunity to show off the country’s new collection of large scale missiles and launchers. However, the test launch did no go nearly as planned for it blew up almost immediately after the launch. A South Korean defense official said the action took place in Sinpo, a port city in eastern North Korea, the same place as a test that was done at this time last year.
President Donald Trump has no comment on the matter but Vice President Mike Pence, who is in the area as part of a previous trip, said at a fellowship dinner that “Our [The United States] commitment to this historic alliance with the courageous people of South Korea has never been stronger, and with your help and with God’s help, freedom will ever prevail on this peninsula.” South Korean officials held a meeting with the National Security Council in light of the failed test. “Our government condemns this serious threat on the Korean peninsula and overall international society,” stated the South Korean foreign ministry. There is also fear that a nuclear test is eminent soon, although South Korea has said that North Korea authority would not be able to handle the consequences that would come from starting nuclear warfare.
Although not much data could be collected from the missile because it self-destructed so quickly, U.S. officials do not think it had intercontinental capabilities; that it was not powerful enough to reach U.S. land. Regardless it is clear that tension is rising in North Korea and the U.S. has already taken action by sending the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier U.S.S. Carl Vinson Strike group to the region last weekend. As for now North Korea does not appear to be ready to begin war with anyone; if anything, it has just made Kim Jung Un look like a fool once again.