The ballistic missile that was tested by North Korea this morning traveled farther than any other projectile launched by the isolated state, US officials explained. The missile, which flew over Japan, landed in the Pacific Ocean. Meanwhile, countries around the world continue to condemn the latest North Korean action.
North Korean missile launch Photo Credit: EPA-EFE
US officials estimated Friday that the most recent ballistic missile that was fired by North Korea traveled farther than any other projectile launched by the pariah state. In July, during the previous test of a missile that flew over Japan, a similar intermediate-range missile was used. The missiles used in both tests were launched from the country’s capital Pyongyang.
The missile launched during Friday’s test flew for about 3,700 kilometers (about 2,299 miles), reaching an altitude of 770 kilometers (about 478 miles) before landing in the Pacific Ocean. The test was an apparent threat to Washington as the US territory of Guam is located just 3,380 kilometers (2,100 miles) from North Korea.
Meanwhile, the world continues to condemn the ballistic test. “The prime minister is outraged by North Korea’s continued reckless provocation and she strongly condemns the regime’s illegal tests,” the spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May said. “Our key focus now is continuing to press China to keep up the pressure on North Korea to change course.”
A German official also criticized North Korea’s latest act of defiance to the international community: “Germany condemns the latest missile launch in the most determined manner.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres spoke out against the North Korean missile test and called for a special discussion regarding the crisis in the region.
A French official stated that Paris is prepared to work with the UN Security Council in order to increase the pressure on North Korea in an attempt to prevent it from carry out additional provocative military actions and return Pyongyang to the negotiating table. Meanwhile, a Russian official urged the sides dealing with the crisis to remain calm and refrain from any actions that could escalate the situation any further.