North Korea has test-fired a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time since 2017, according to South Korean and Japanese officials, in a provocative action that was condemned by President Joe Biden.
Japan’s Defense Ministry tracked what is believed to be an ICBM, which flew to an altitude of 6,000 kilometers (3,728 miles) and to a distance of 1,080 kilometers (671 miles) with a flight time of 71 minutes before landing in waters near Japan’s western coast, CNN reports.
Thursday’s missile launch is the 11th test North Korea has conducted this year, including one test on March 16 that South Korean officials said exploded in mid-air. News of the test broke while President Biden is meeting other Western leaders in Brussels for a high-stakes summit to discuss Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
The missile launch is the longest-range test conducted by North Korea since the country’s dictator Kim Jong Un imposed a moratorium on ICBM and nuclear testing during diplomatic talks with President Donald Trump’s administration. The resumption of ICBM testing is yet another destabilizing action taken by an American adversary under Biden’s watch since the disastrous U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Read more…