North Korea: Ballistic Missile Test-fired Successfully
February 13 , 2017
North Korea Test-fired Ballistic Missile Successfully
February 13, 2017: Reports say that North Korea has successfully test-fired a ballistic missile on Sunday. Leader Kim-Jong-un supervised the launch. The device was described by the North Korean media as "surface-to-surface medium-to-long-range ballistic missile".
As mentioned by South Korea's defence ministry, it was an armed provocation in order to test how the US President Donald Trump responds to it.
Reports also say that the latest missile test of this country has been widely condemned and countries like US, South Korea and Japan have requested the United Nations Security Council for an urgent meeting to discuss further about the incident.
According to China, it opposed the missile tests conducted by North Korea, while Russia expressed its concern over it.
North Korea Examines Ballistic Missile
February 12, 2017: In a first such event since election of US President Donald Trump, North Korea has tested ballistic missile at its east coast early on Sunday. The test, in all probability, was of a medium- or intermediate-range missile that landed in the sea of Japan, and not of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) according to South Korea's military. However, the ICBM, it is feared, could be tested by North Korea unannounced.
The launch symbolizes the first test of Trump’s declaration to get strict with North Korean regime that last year tested nuclear devices and ballistic missiles at an unmatched rate, thus violating United Nations resolutions.
A US official said that the Trump administration was “hoping” a North Korean provocation soon after Trump takes office. The official also added that the state of US will consider a complete range of options as a response, however these options would be attuned to depict US resolve while avoiding escalation.
The newly sworn Trump administration is also expected to increase pressure on China to leash in North Korea, thus portraying Trump’s previously stated view that Beijing has not done enough on this front.
The latest test was done just a day after Trump’s summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Trump has agreed to work to ensure a strong defence against North Korea’s threat.
Abe stated the launch as “absolutely intolerable” and asserted that North Korea must meet the terms of the UN Security Council resolutions.