On Wednesday, after 4 months of inactivity following their last test, North Korea launched another Intercontinental Ballistic Missile with the capability of reaching the United States. The missile fired off flew higher and further than any other ICBM that the country has launched, giving the ability for North Korea to virtually strike anywhere in the world.
The latest ICBM testing by Pyongyang is seen as a direct challenge to Donald Trump, who has recently added North Korea back as a state sponsor of terrorism. According to the U.S Department of State, a country would be labeled as such when they repeatedly provide support for acts of international terrorism. The country had been placed on the list of state sponsors of terrorism after a 1988 incident where the country put a bomb on a South Korean plane which killed all passengers on board.
George Bush removed the country from the list in 2008 in effort to attempt to negotiate with North Korea to halt their nuclear program. The country was willing to work with the United States of denuclearization for an exchange of being taken off of the list in addition to a small supply of financial aid to the country, however Kim Jung Il, the leader during the negotiations who died in 2011, did not follow through on his part to denuclearize the area.
Mr. Trump told reporters today that “We will take care of it,” when asked about the launch. His response to the issue was less combative than his past, as he has often referred to Kim Jung Un, the leader of North Korea as “Rocket Man” and threatened to face the country with “fire and fury” if they continued to threaten the United States.
According to CNN, in response to the launch, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, requested an emergency meeting that is to occur on Wednesday night. They also reported that Rex Tillerson, who is the Secretary of State, condemned the missile launch however stated that “Diplomatic options remain viable and open, for now,”