North Korea’s successful test firing of a long-range missile on Tuesday is a major step in Pyongyang’s ability to hit U.S. cities with nuclear-tipped missiles fired from hard-to-find mobile launchers, U.S. officials and private specialists said.
In the “first ever integrated ballistic missile defense system test,” the United States’ military successfully tested three missile-defense systems over the Pacific Ocean, Lockheed Martin announced in a press release.
China’s military carried out a fourth flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile last week, firing off a new road-mobile ICBM on Thursday, according to U.S. officials.
Iranian officials were on hand to observe the failure of a North Korean long-range missile test, which ended in national shame as the missile disintegrated over the ocean.
North Korea’s botched missile launch late Thursday has caused the communist regime great embarrassment at home and brought tension with the West to newfound heights, according to several defense experts who have been tracking the regime’s attempts to covertly build and launch a ballistic missile.