World on edge as North Korea continues testing ballistic missiles

Despite US and Chinese efforts to stop North Korea's destabilizing military aggression and test launches, another ballistic missile was tested late last night. However, US military and South Korean officials watching over called the launch a failure.
North Korea launched another test missile, Archive Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Last night (Friday) North Korea launched another ballistic missile test just north of its capital Pyongyang, as part of its recent series of tests, each one causing more and more unease around the world.

The US military said they identified the missile in North Korea that did not leave its borders and therefore posed no threat to the United States. Furthermore, South Korean officials reported that the test launch was a failure and that the missile exploded just seconds after being launched.

There are many who believe South Korea rushed to report last night’s failed test in an attempt to quell both China and the US’s eagerness to engage militarily. North Korea's immediate neighbor likely fears a military confrontation in which they would pay the heaviest price.

US-North Korean tensions increase Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

US President Donald Trump did not remain silent after the test launch, tweeting: "North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!”

As previously reported by JOL, the US is determined to prevent a North Korean attack either on its immediate neighbors or anywhere else. While the US Secretary of State is pushing the UN to act, Trump himself said in an interview following a meeting with the Chinese president that a major confrontation with the isolated country is possible.

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