The United States strongly condemned on Tuesday North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Following the confirmation of North Korea’s launch of an ICBM missile, the US and South Korea conducted joint exercises that included the firing of ballistic missiles off the Korean Peninsula’s east coast.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un is reported to have said that the launch of the ICBM missile was a July 4th gift for the US, which the Korean Central News Agency claims was a new Hwasong-14 that is capable of hitting the “heart of the United States” with “large heavy nuclear warheads.”
The latest launch comes shortly after Beijing warned of “disastrous consequences” should the North Korean crisis spiral out of control.
“Testing an ICBM represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region, and the world,” said US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
According to Tillerson, global action is required to stop a global threat.
“Any country that hosts North Korean guest workers, provides any economic or military benefits, or fails to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions is aiding and abetting a dangerous regime,” Tillerson said.
Tillerson said that all nations should publicly demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences to their pursuit of nuclear weapons.
“We intend to bring North Korea’s provocative action before the UN Security Council and enact stronger measures to hold the DPRK accountable,” Tillerson said.
“The United States seeks only the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the end of threatening actions by North Korea. As we, along with others, have made clear, we will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea,” Tillerson said.
Tillerson said that US President Donald Trump and his national security team are continuing to assess the situation in close coordination with allies and partners.
“We are monitoring and continuing to assess the situation in close coordination with our regional allies and partners,” chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. said.
“The launch continues to demonstrate that North Korea poses a threat to the United States and our allies,” the Pentagon spokesperson said. “Together with [South Korea], we conducted a combined exercise to show our precision fire capability.”
“We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies and to use the full range of capabilities at our disposal against the growing threat from North Korea,” White said. “The United States seeks only the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Our commitment to the defense of our allies, the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of these threats, remains ironclad.”