North Korea update

Jenna Caputo, Staff Writer

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On Wednesday morning North Korea fired another ballistic missile. This time they were apparently testing a land-based version of the rocket that can be shot from a submarine. This happened just days before President Trump’s meeting with China’s general secretary, Xi Jinping, which took place on Thursday, April 6. The top of this meeting’s agenda is North Korea.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the launch with the statement: “North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile.  The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment.”

With a closer look, South Korea and the United States military claim the medium-range missile was fired from a land base near the east coast port of Sinpo, home to the North Korean submarine base.

This though was not the first of the North Korean’s missile launches. In early August, North Korea had a huge technological breakthrough by launching a ballistic missile via submarine. Before falling in the ocean, it flew nearly 300 miles. Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader, described it as a great success.

Wednesday’s missile did not have the same success, however. This KN-15 only went approximately 40 miles, 285 miles shorter than August’s KN-11.

Although this missile didn’t serve as an immediate threat to the safety of North America, many experts are describing it as scary due to the fuel used within the missile. It appears as if it was using solid fuel, which would be a first for North Korea. This makes the launch faster and easier.

Many Americans fear for the future safety of our country and with good reason. We can all only hope any tension between our two nations remains civil and there’s no reason for North Korea to point one of those missiles our way.

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North Korea update