North Korea broke a two-month lull in weapons testing with a dramatic launch of its most advanced missile yet, an intercontinental ballistic missile it claims can reach the « whole » US mainland.
- Hwasong-15 is a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile, upgrade of Hwasong-14
- Fired 3 a.m. local time from mobile launcher in Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province
- Reached a height of 4,475 kilometers (2,800 miles), higher than ever before
- Splashed down off the Japanese coast, within the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone
- South Korea responded with a « precision missile strike drill »
Precursor to nuclear test?North Korea’s last test in September set off a firestorm of condemnation in the region and beyond, with multiple warnings from US President Donald Trump, including one issued during his stop in South Korea where he implored North Korea, « do not try us. »In recent days, US officials told CNN they were puzzled why there hadn’t been a test in recent weeks, and on Monday, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said Moscow greatly valued the North Korean regime’s « silence. »