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zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jul 28, 2017 4:23 PM
Update: Following North Korea’s earlier launch of yet another ICBM, President Trump has just released the following statement describing the latest provacation as “reckless and dangerous” while adding that the actions only serve to further “isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive it’s people.”
“North Korea’s test launch today of another intercontinental bassistic missile – the second such test in less than a month – is only the latest reckless and dangerous action by the North Korean regime. The United States condemns this test and rejects the regime’s claim that these tests – and these weapons – ensure North Korea’s security. In reality, they have the opposite effect. By threatening the world, these weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive it’s people. The United States will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the American homeland and protect our allies in the region.”
While North Korea has test fired numerous ballistic missiles (mostly intermediate-range, including one intercontinental) in the past, and as such today’s launch was largely seen as merely the latest political provocation to Trump by a seemingly oblivious Kim John-Un, there was one notable difference in the launch post-mortem: according to press and Pentagon reports, the maximum altitude attained by the ICBM was 3,700 km (2,300 miles) with a flight time of about 47 minutes. This is material because according to All Things Nuclear, based on the latest information, today’s missile test by North Korea could easily reach not only the US West Coast, but also a number of major US cities.
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