North Korea has launched a new ballistic missile launch, the 13th since the beginning of the year. According to the staff of the South Korean armed forces, the craft was fired at 9:40 local time on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, from the Panghyeon shooting point near the capital. The day of the American national holiday.
Threats, calls for restraint or promises of dialogue had no effect: North Korea has carried out its 13th missile launch since the beginning of the year.
It traveled 930 km before falling into the Sea of Japan, according to the US military command in the Pacific. South Korean President Moon Jae-in summoned his national security council as a matter of urgency.
A missile theoretically capable of striking Alaska?
The US military believed it was an intermediate-range ballistic missile. The machine was fired at a very high angle.
Based on the distance traveled and the duration of the flight, analysts calculated that it had a theoretical range of 6,700 km. This would allow him to reach Alaska if he was shot at a normal angle.
Pyongyang is also looking to diversify its rockets and launch sites to hide its shots until the last minute, according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap.
Donald Trump reacts compulsively on the Twitter network
This new test comes on July 4, national holiday in the United States. In two tweets, the US president wondered if North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had “nothing better to do with his life”.
Donald Trump suggested that China, Pyongyang’s main ally, could ” perhaps ” act and ” put an end to this absurdity for good.”
A verbal aggressiveness that hides Washington’s powerlessness to convince Kim Jong-un to give up his nuclear deterrent program, a program considered by the regime as his best chance of survival.