Pentagon vows to protect US & allies after Pyongyang’s ‘escalatory ICBM test’

The Pentagon has vowed to defend the US and its allies against any possible North Korean threat after Washington confirmed Pyongyang’s claim that it has developed the technology to potentially deliver a nuclear warhead to the US mainland.

The Pentagon has concluded that North Korea test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that can potentially strike the United States. Initially, the US military had assessed the missile fired Tuesday morning to be of an intermediate-range category.

“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,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement. White also condemned Pyongyang’s “escalatory launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.” read more…

N. Korea’s 1st ICBM launch shown on state TV

North Korean missile new type, launched from new location – Pentagon

The missile launched by North Korea on July 4 was a new type that “we have not seen before,” and launched from a location different from previous missile tests, the Pentagon said.

The missile was fired from a mobile launcher and had a reentry vehicle, Reuters reported, quoting US Department of Defense spokesman, Captain Jeff Davis. The launch was a danger to shipping in the Sea of Japan, as well as aircraft and satellites in space, Davis said.

US missile defenses are capable of dealing with the “limited threat” posed by North Korea’s ICBM capability, Davis added, referring to the successful test intercept of an ICBM-like target in May. The US has also deployed a number of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) launchers in South Korea. read more

N. Korea promises more ‘gift packages for Yankees’ after first ICBM test

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un promised more small and big “gift packages” for “the US imperialists” while he was pleased to observe the first successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, according to the North’s official state media.

Lauding the DPRK’s scientists and pleased with the fact that Tuesday’s successful launch coincided with Independence Day in the US, Kim Jong-un called to “frequently send big and small ‘gift packages’ to the Yankees as ever so that they will not feel weary,” the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, as cited by KCNA Watch on Wednesday.

The report added that Kim was “feasting his eyes” on the latest addition to the North’s arsenal before the test, calling it the final phase of “the protracted showdown with the US imperialists,” which can “demonstrate its mettle to the US which is testing its will in defiance of its warning.”

On Tuesday morning, Pyongyang claimed it had successfully launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile, Hwasong-14, which is capable of carrying a “large, heavy nuclear warhead.” The missile, which can reportedly strike the US mainland,  read more...