Kimberly Jong-un launched a ballistic missile on Friday that has shown North Korea could hit New York, if he wanted to.
As a response to this, South Korea launched interceptor rockets built specifically to destroy suck missiles.
Had the North Korean missile been fired at its normal trajectory, ‘the rocket could have reached Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago and would have even had New York and Boston within its sights, according to analysts,’ reported the Daily Mail.
In response, South Korea and the US teamed up to fire their anti-missile defence system, which would be deployed should Kim Jong-un attempt to fire a nuclear weapon over the Atlantic.
Kim expressed ‘great satisfaction’ after the Hwasong-14 missile reached a height of 2,314 miles and traveled 620 miles before accurately landing in waters off Japan.
The test was aimed at confirming the maximum range and other technical aspects of the missile it says was capable of delivering a ‘large-sized, heavy nuclear warhead.’
Pyongyang’s continuing development of nuclear weapons is a growing cause of concern for leaders in the United States, South Korea and Japan.
In a show of force against the dictator and his military, the United States and South Korea held the joint missile exercise in response.
South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo called for the deployment of the strategic US military assets — which usually means stealth bombers and aircraft carriers — as well as additional launchers of an advanced US anti-missile system.
After Kimberly launched the missile, Donald Trump released a statement saying, ‘North Korea’s test launch yesterday of another intercontinental ballistic missile—the second such test in less than a month—is only the latest reckless and dangerous action by the North Korean regime.
‘The United States condemns this test and rejects the regime’s claim that these tests—and these weapons—ensure North Korea’s security. In reality, they have the opposite effect.
‘By threatening the world, these weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people.
‘The United States will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the American homeland and protect our allies in the region.’