Yesterday, North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) eastward toward Japan. They called it a Hwasong 15. It’s their first missile test since September. This missile flew almost 2,800 mile into the air. It took 53 minutes before it crashed near Japan’s shores.
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said the missile went higher and longer than any other missile tests so far. North Koreans now claim that this ICBM is capable of reaching anywhere in the United States mainland. The ICBM is also capable of carrying a very large nuclear bomb. They say it will be used as a nuclear deterrent to protect itself from foreign threats including the United States.
Today, President Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to ask for help in urging North Koreans to stop. Trump says he also plans to announce major sanctions on North Korea. Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will meet with the UN Security Council to discuss the next step.