UCF Global Perspectives


North Korean Regime Fires Missile Near Japan

Nathaniel Yerby, Sibille H. Pritchard Global Peace Fellow

November 30, 2017

The North Korean regime launched an intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday into the Japanese special economic zone of the Sea of Japan. The missile reached an altitude of 4,500km (2,800 miles), the highest a North Korean missile has ever flown. The missile fired on Wednesday is the latest in a series of ICBMs which Kim Jong-un’s government has launched this year (BBC). Weaponry analysts have assessed that the regime’s missile technology has substantially improved, yielding missiles that can strike farther targets and cause more destruction (Washington Post).

The international community condemned the missile launch. The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations stated that “the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed” if Kim Jong-un provokes a war (AP). President Trump vowed to impose additional sanctions on North Korea. Russia urged the governments of the United States and South Korea to postpone military drills which may exacerbate conflict in Far East Asia (AP). North Korean leaders have cited American military assets and personnel as evidence that the United States intends to invade their country, justifying their missile and nuclear development program (Reuters).





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