North Korea announced on Monday that it “successfully” test-fired a surface-to-surface medium-to-long-range ballistic missile a day earlier, a development which leader Kim Jong-un said added to the tremendous might of the country. The launch sparked widespread condemnation, with the U.S., Japan and South Korea urging the United Nations Security Council to hold an urgent meeting over the “provocative” act.
While the South criticized the move as a reflection of the Kim Jong-un regime’s “maniac obsession” with nuclear and missile development, N.A.T.O. called upon N. Korea to re-engage in a constructive dialogue with the international community, reports the BBC.
The string of ballistic missile tests conducted by the North holds domestic and international significance, notes CNN. While at home it reassures the countrymen that Kim Jong-un is a strong leader, globally it boasts off the expanding military capabilities of Pyongyang.
The latest launch also tests U.S. President Donald Trump, who had on several occasions advocated strong actions against the isolated regime, writes Reuters.