The missile set a new record for altitude reached in space by a North Korean missile, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said Tuesday.
The missile's apogee was "higher, frankly, than any previous shot they have taken," Mattis told reporters.
North Korea has the capability to strike "everywhere in the world basically" with their ICBM technology developments, the Pentagon chief said. The missile flew at least 10 times higher in space than the orbit altitude of the International Space Station and could have a range of 6,500 miles if it had flown on a standard trajectory, according to Yonhap. The ISS orbits roughly 250 miles above earth.
The missile is believed to have been an intercontinental ballistic missile, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday. The projectile traversed 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) before splashing down into the Sea of Japan. The South Korean military responded to the provocation by conducting a "precision strike" missile drill immediately afterward.
US President Donald Trump was briefed on the launch while the projectile was still flying, the White House said.
The launch marks the first time North Korea has provoked the US and regional nations since US President Donald Trump labelled Pyongyang a state sponsor of terrorism. South Korea, Japan and the US, however, seemed to continue military drills in the land and water surrounding the isolated nation during its testing pause.
The US and South Korean militaries are slated to hold more large scale military drills from December 4 through December 8. The drills will feature more than 230 allied aircraft swarming around the Korean peninsula.
China and Russia have stepped up their own efforts to deter North Korea. Russia cannot accept Pyongyang's "missile and nuclear gambit," Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said November 24, since these programs violate United Nations Security Council resolutions. With China, Russia insists that Pyongyang follow through on the "implementation of other provisions of these resolutions that require the resumption of talks," Lavrov said.
The same multinational group that recreated the Palmyra Victory Arch and sent it on a world tour has now recreated a statue of Athena, the Roman goddess of war, for an exhibit in the United Nations, an organization that claims to be working towards world peace but which one rabbi likens to modern-day paganism.
Today, at the @UN Headquarters in New York, we unveiled a historic artefact from Palmyra that was revived using advanced technology after being destroyed by extremists. This artefact would have been lost forever if not for the efforts of the UAE in saving humanity’s shared past pic.twitter.com/2q9WJAORyi
Prepare for sudden, radical transformation at every level of society… “You may not recognize tomorrow”
When the Berlin wall fell, it was an “all of a sudden” phenomenon. The week before, there were no abundantly evident signs that such a monumental historical event was about to take place. This is how history often occurs: Slowly at first, then all at once.
We don’t know the underlying reason behind this expected social unrest, but it could be caused by numerous political or financial events such as the federal government declaring default on its own food stamp program (SNAP), or a devastating market correction that sends the economy into a downward spiral. Some people believe that mass arrests of corrupt local officials are on the horizon, and others believe that the armed left-wing groups like Antifa are planning an organized attempt at a “cultural revolution” rooted in communism ideology. Whatever the root cause, military contractors are getting the word that something big is about to go down. And remember: These contractors are ex-military, meaning that deploying them on the streets of America is not a violation of posse comitatus.
The fact that I’m hearing rumblings of such activity is a strong indicator that something massive is afoot — something that is known in advance. Perhaps it’s war with North Korea and the expectation of a nuclear strike on a U.S. city, or it might be a large-scale false flag terrorism event that’s being planned to ensure the continued growth of the surveillance police state infrastructure first signed into law following the events of 9/11. (The Patriot Act.) Listen to my podcast for more details: