U.S. confirms North Korea’s latest missile launch was an ICBM test, vows stern action

U.S. confirms North Korea’s latest missile launch was an ICBM test, vows stern action


Meanwhile Washington has also confirmed…
that North Korea’s latest missile test was indeed that of an ICBM. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson vowed
to enact strong measures to hold Pyongyang accountable for its latest provocation…
calling a global threat, that requires global action. Yu Joonhee has this report. In a written statement on Tuesday, Secretary
of State Rex Tillerson said North Korea had tested an ICBM… and called it an “escalation”
of Pyongyang’s threat to the U.S. and its allies. Tillerson said the U.S. will never accept
a nuclear-armed North Korea, and called on nations across the world to take action in
responding to a “global threat”. Meanwhile, top U.S. officials are continuing
to hold a series of emergency meetings in Washington, to discuss and review their options
regarding North Korea. A Trump official said… the goal of the administration
would be to approve “a measured response” against the North, although nothing has been
decided. Tillerson has also called for a closed-door
meeting of the UN Security Council, to enact tougher sanction measures to hold Pyongyang
accountable. He said a failure by any country to fully
implement existing UN resolutions, was tantamount to aiding and abetting a dangerous regime. His statement appeared to reference China,
with recent signs indicating the Trump administration was growing impatient with Beijing’s inability
to effectively pressure Pyongyang. North Korea’s launch of the Hwasong-14 ICBM
on Tuesday marks a key milestone in the country’s missile program. Pyongyang is hoping to ultimately develop
a rocket that can carry a nuclear warhead and strike the continental United States. However at this stage, experts believe whatever
capability was demonstrated by North Korea on Tuesday, did not necessarily mean they
had a fully-operational missile. It also isn’t clear if the regime has a miniaturized
nuclear warhead that can be mounted on top of the missile and still detonate over its
target. Yu Joonhee, Arirang News.

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