Breaking: North Korea Launches Long Range Missile
Deborah Porter, Foreign Policy Contributor
Just an hour ago, North Korea launched a long range missile, proof of the growing tensions between the nation and the United States. The missile made it 25 miles before plunging into the sea, a mere 5692 miles short of the distance between North Korea and Alaska. According to a US official, the weapon was not fitted with a nuclear weapon, although the lingering fear is that one day North Korea will improve the range of their missiles, and add a nuclear component to the missile.
This missile launch comes after President Trump met with the entire US Senate to discuss actions on North Korea. According to the senators, little was learned during the meeting, which may influence the reaction of Congress to the missile launch today. However, the Trump administration has shown a willingness to preemptively talk to Congress, which reassured the senators of their future involvement in solving this international danger.
In concern of North Korea’s increasing missile launches, the US military had began moving the Thermal High Altitude Area Defense systems (THAAD), which is a missile defense system designed to eliminate longer range ballistic missiles, to South Korea. China had previously opposed the move, potentially cutting relations with South Korean neighbors over the US move. Additionally, Trump said that South Korea should pay for the missile protection system. However, South Korea claimed that they had signed an agreement last year in which the US payed for the billion dollar system. Regardless of how or why the THAAD system arrived in South Korea, it seems to appear not a moment too soon for South Koreans.
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