Saturday morning North Korea launched another failed missile tests just days after the 85th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean Army. This happened less than 24 hours after Beijing urged North Korea to stop escalating tensions.
U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement:
“North Korea fired an unidentified missile from a site in the vicinity of Pukchang in Pyeongannam-do (South Pyeongan Province) in the northeastern direction at around 5:30 a.m today,”
“It is estimated to have failed.”
Additional provocations are expected by allied forces in South Korea.
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The missiles being tested have the capability of carrying a nuclear payload. This latest failed test shows that North Korea is still having reliability issues with its latest weapons platform.
The THAAD Missile Defense system is currently being set up and deployed and should be operational in a few days.
President Donald Trump tweeted out a response to North Korea’s missile test:
President Trump is playing up to China’s ego, putting them on notice that he expects them to take some action against North Korea’s latest provocation.
If China does nothing in the face of North Korea’s defiance, they will appear weak in the eyes of the international community.
Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson had this to say:
The Chinese government has stressed that no one country can solve the North Korean problem.
Conservative Journalist Jack Posobiec tweeted out:
Lets just hope Lil Kim doesn’t force President Trump’s hand.
At the end of the day, when it comes to science you learn more from failures than you do from success. When it comes to rockets and missiles, every failure teaches North Korean scientists and engineers what NOT to do.
“We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery” ― Samuel Smiles, The Lives Of George And Robert Stephenson