North Korea’s launch seems to be its second test of the Hwasong-18 ICBM which was first fired on April 13.Kim Dong-yub, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, South Korea, after North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, which can travel far distances and carry nuclear warheads.
The Big Picture: According to Japan’s Defense Ministry, North Korea (a U.S. designated State Sponsor of Terrorism) fired an intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday. It flew for 74 minutes, over a distance of 3,730 miles and landed in water between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. It is the longest recorded flight time of a North Korean weapon and is the first test-fire of ICBM missiles in three months.
Why It Matters: Earlier this week, North Korea threatened “‘shocking’ consequences to protest what it called provocative United States reconnaissance activity near its territory” (The Associated Press). The launch also comes amid the gathering of world leaders at this week’s NATO Summit in Lithuania. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. President Joe Biden are all in attendance and are discussing security issues, such as the threat of North Korea.
by Jenna Lee,