North Korea's missile created to be launched from submarine, officials say

February 13 2017 12:01am The Times Ballistic BrinkmanshipThe unpredictable Kim Jong-un may have met his match in Donald Trump

A fully developed ICBM could threaten the continental U.S., which is about 9,000km from North Korea.

North Korea launched a mid-range ballistic missile while Donald Trump met with Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe.

Photos released by KCNA showed the missile blasting into the sky with a smiling Mr Kim watching from the command centre, and standing on the launch field surrounded by dozens of cheering soldiers and scientists. Trump said that the US "stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent".

China and Russian Federation yesterday also condemned the launch for having violated UNSC resolutions, but urged parties to exercise restraint to avoid escalating the situation.

This photo, according to and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency, was taken February 12, 2017, and shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, surrounded by soldiers of the Korean People's Army as he inspects the test-launch of a surface-to-surface medium long-range ballistic missile at an undisclosed location. The North is known for bellicose posturing and grand claims.

The latest missile flew east for about 500km before falling into the Sea of Japan (East Sea), South Korea's Defence Ministry has said.

In addition to launching more quickly, solid-fuel engines also boost the power and range of ballistic rockets.


The test is worrying evidence of North Korea's rapid progress in its aim of developing missile systems with nuclear warheads that can reach the United States.

After working through the details of their joint response to North Korea, the two world leaders stepped into a wedding being held on Trump's Palm Beach, Florida, property.

North Korea claimed Sunday the anti-missile defense system THAAD and South Korea's "Kill Chain" strategy to destroy and detect missiles will not defend against its projectiles.

A North Korean ballistic missile test conducted on 12 February has been widely condemned by the worldwide community.

The Korean Central News Agency, the nation's main information arm, said Kim had directed the test of the surface-to-surface Pukguksong-2, or Polaris-2. But rounds of worldwide negotiations and stringent United Nations sanctions applied a year ago have so far had little effect on Mr Kim's nuclear ambitions.

DeAgazio - who likely does not have the security clearance to access this information - was more than happy to explain in the now-deleted Facebook posts what the nuclear football is, alongside a play-by-play of events in comments on some of his now-private photos.

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