How North Korea Made It From Kim's New Year's Boast To ICBM

Test pattern Kim Jong-un is shown during a TV news report on North Korea's latest missile test launch

The test - which demonstrated North Korea had built a missile capable of reaching the USA and Australia - is not only alarming in itself, but also because it was so foreseeable yet unpreventable.

Moon advocates engagement with the North to bring it to the negotiating table, and the summit joint statement said Trump "expressed support" for his counterpart's "aspiration to restart inter-Korean dialogue".

Haley alluded to American student Otto Warmbier, who died last month after returning from more than a year of imprisonment in North Korea.

WHAT IT MIGHT MEAN: Pyongyang, with this part boast, part threat, is likely promising more missile and nuclear tests. There are no ready solutions, as President Trump is learning the hard way. And whether North Korea can build a warhead small enough to fit on a long-range missile.

One expert said that all of Alaska was in the missile's range.

The launches came hours after a joint appeal by the presidents of China and Russian Federation for all sides to exercise restraint and ease tensions.

The missile test adds a volatile new element to the Trump administration's efforts to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions, which have included naval drills off the Korean Peninsula and pressure on China, Pyongyang's longtime ally.

Following the announcement, Haley requested an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to discuss the implications of the missile test for peace in the worldwide community.

Delury said it wasn't unusual for the U.S. to hold drills in the wake of a missile launch, and any diplomatic overtures to North Korea could take weeks or months.

"And I would argue that that's exactly why the United States needs to be finding a way to talk to North Korea to basically put a cap on this program".

The world (and Donald Trump) was shocked on Tuesday with news of an inter-continental ballistic missile being launched by North Korea.

The joint missile exercise by the USA and South Korea was first proposed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and endorsed by Trump, Moon's office said.

The idea that Kim will voluntarily halt his missile and nuclear weapons programs because the president sent some more tough talkin' tweets and the vice president made his resolute face seems highly unlikely. Following what could arguably be one of North Korea's greatest military accomplishments, its state-run media warned Wednesday the US could be caught off-guard.

ICBM threat and North Korea's overall military strength Nuclear capable?

But the kicker was the quid pro quo for the USA: stop conducting military exercises with South Korea, and stop the deployment of the THAAD missile defence system there. He added that North Korea had yet to prove it could nuclearize the weapon.

It is believed Kim's new missile could obliterate a major United States city, with an estimated range of around 6,700 km (4,160 miles).

Lauding the DPRK's scientists and pleased with the fact that Tuesday's successful launch coincided with Independence Day in the US, Kim Jong-un called to "frequently send big and small "gift packages" to the Yankees as ever so that they will not feel tired", the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, as cited by KCNA Watch on Wednesday.

The North Korean dictator's first successful intercontinental ballistic missile test on Monday did more than shake up strategic calculations in the Pacific.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared to share Trump's frustration, if not his tone.

"Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula", a White House statement said, while "President Trump reiterated his determination to seek more balanced trade relations with America's trading partners".

It's a show of defiance, sure - such tests are banned by the United Nations - but it also reveals something important, and less flattering, about the North: More tests signal weakness.

It will require a reassessment of the threat posed by the nuclear-armed North, which has carried out five atomic tests and said the multi-stage rocket's warhead could survive atmospheric re-entry to strike a target.

Rogin is a columnist for the Global Opinions section of The Washington Post.

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