By Aishwarya Rai, International News Assistant Editor
The missile is said to have a fast launch and increased mobility due to its redesign, according to a spokesman of the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Andrea Berger, from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey, stated that this launch shows that North Korea has in fact upgraded its nuclear and missile programs.
Although no real actions have yet taken place, all countries seem to agree that a consequence of some sort is needed. US President Donald Trump labelled North Korea as a “big, big problem” on Monday, February 13.
Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis has made it evident that the US is “capable of defending against a North Korean ballistic missile attack and will take all necessary measures to deter and defeat threats,” against its and its territories and citizens.
US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley called for action not “words” against Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital. She further added a call to the Security Council to “use every available resource to make it clear to the North Korean regime—and its enablers—that these launches are unacceptable.”
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated at the impromptu news conference in Palm Beach, Florida, that the “recent missile launch is absolutely intolerable. North Korea must fully comply with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s chief Cabinet secretary, said that the launch occurring whilst Abe met Trump was a “clear provocation to Japan and the region.”
He also stated that Tokyo has initiated protests at North Korea’s embassy in Beijing.
Many foreign policy analysts believe issues arrising due to North Korea’s missile testing will be one of the first major tests of President Trump’s leadership. This latest test certainly makes it seem as though these experts may be right.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, February 21st print edition.
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