The test of North Korea’s first intercontinental ballistic missile was apparently a sign to President Donald Trump that it was time to act. The president called an emergency meeting on July 4 to deal with the fallout from the launch and worries that the newest missile, called the Hwasong-14, could reach Alaska.
The missile would “fundamentally put an end to the U.S. nuclear war threat and blackmail,” North Korea said after the launch.
“Upon receiving the report on the successful test-fire of intercontinental ballistic rocket Hwasong-14 was televised by the Korean Central TV Broadcasting Service at 15:00 on Tuesday, all the army and people of the country are gripped by a great joy,” a report from North Korea’s state-run Korea Central News Agency read.
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“The success in the test-fire of intercontinental ballistic rocket Hwasong-14 is a manifestation of the invincible might of Juche Korea and tremendous capability of its self-reliant national defense industry that has been rapidly strengthened,” Ri Un Chon, vice president of North Korea’s metallurgical industry, is quoted as saying.
“It is also a great historical victory in putting an end to the persistent nuclear war threat posed by the U.S. against the DPRK.”
President Trump’s first step was to call an emergency meeting of his staff, designed to formulate a “measured response” to the latest provocation, according to the U.K. Daily Mail. Next, the president’s diplomatic team assembled the United Nations Security Council to deal with North Korea’s latest transgression.
At the meeting, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley let the world know just how serious things were about to get… [CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE]