On Monday, North Korea state media announced that their test-firing of a new ballistic missile on Sunday was “a success.” North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that the medium long-range ballistic missile was launched successfully under the watch of the nation’s leader, Kim Jong Un, who personally gave the order for the launch. KCNA also reported that the missile launch was the first test conducted since President Donald Trump took office in the United States, resulting in President Trump issuing a strong statement in opposition to North Korea’s actions.
KCNA described the missile, known as the Pukguksong-2, as a “Korean style new type strategic weapon system.” A South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman said the Pukguksong-2 used a solid-fuel propelled engine, which allows for a faster launch and advances the mobility of the launch process. They also stated that North Korea likely used a “cold-launching system,” which uses pressure to launch the missile which ignites mid-flight, rather than igniting it on the ground.
Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, was in the United States at the time of North Korea’s test launch. During a press conference alongside President Trump in Palm Beach, Florida, Abe said North Korea’s test-firing was “absolutely intolerable.”
“North Korea’s most recent missile launch is absolutely intolerable. North Korea must fully comply with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” Abe said.
President Donald Trump gave a brief statement on the matter, assuring the Japanese people that America stood behind them 100%.
“I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100%,” Trump said.
You can watch President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe make their statements regarding North Korea’s missile launch below: