Here is everything there is to know about North Korea’s Failed Missile Launching:
1. Medium-Range Missile
The missile that was fired from the mainland was only a medium-range missile. “Only” meaning that it was non-nuclear and did not have the capability to reach the United States.
2. Failed Upon Launch
Officials are reporting that the missile “blew up almost immediately” after launch. Multiple reports have put the time before explosion at 4-5 seconds, meaning it did not travel far before premature detonation.
3. Day After Major Parade
This failed launch came a day after the highly publicized military parade in the North Korean capital. The event has been called the “Biggest Propaganda event” in North Korea in which the military and North Korean inhabitants celebrate the birthday of Kim II Sung, the founder of the DPRK and Kim Jong Un’s grandfather, with a grand display of the active members of the military and any major weapons the government is in control of.
4. Launched from City of Sinpo
The missile was launched from the eastern port city of Sinpo, the site of an earlier failed missile launching:
5. Second Fail… In a Month
This recent missile launch was the second of its kind out of Sinpo. Earlier this month, Kim Jong Un authorized a missile that exploded prematurely and ended up in the Sea of Japan.
6. Former UK Foreign Minister: It was Hacked
Although not quite a fact, Ex-British Foreign Minister Malcolm Rifkind thinks the missile failed due to a United States Hack. He told the BBC: “It could have failed because the system is not competent enough to make it work, but there is a very strong belief that the US – through cyber methods – has been successful on several occasions in interrupting these sorts of tests and making them fail.” Mr. Rifkind presented no evidence for his claim and the United States government has not responded to this claim. As of now, it is considered a far-reaching claim and even conspiracy.
7. The President Has Not Directly Responded Yet
Secretary of Defense James Mattis commented on the incident, stating that President Donald Trump had been briefed on the incident but has no furthur comment. The President, despite having tweeted about other topics, did not send out a message on his Twitter about the failed launch.
8. Pence in Town
This failed launch came the day Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Seoul, South Korea to discuss defense against North Korea with the South Korean President. Mr. Pence was quickly briefed on the incident and has been in contact with the President.
9. No Military Action… Yet
President Trump has made no plans to fight back against North Korea’s latest attempted missile launch. It had been rumored that the United States was planning a strike similar to the one in Afghanistan on North Korea’s nuclear facilities, but either the government is being hush about any plans or there are no plans to bomb the nuclear facilities.
This failed launch comes at a time when it seems like every country in the world is against North Korea. China, the DPRK’s only major ally, has agreed to help the United States conquer the threat that Kim Jong Un poses on the world.