At 02:48 a.m. (
Pyongyang time) on November 29, 2017, Hwasong 15 blasted
off in the capital city of the Democratic People’s .
Republic of Korea
With regard to the development of this new type of ICBM the government of the DPRK stated that it has a longer range than Hwasong 14, which was launched in July the same year, boasting its superior technical specifications and characteristics. It called this a momentous event signifying that the country has accomplished the historic cause of perfecting its nuclear forces, the cause of building a powerful rocket nation.
The news attracted massive media coverage around the world.
What is the meaning of this test-firing of the ICBM?
First, it can be construed as the DPRK’s explicit answer to the preposterous actions taken by the
Most recently, the bilateral relations went to extremes but the tension subsided for a certain period, obviously thanks to the DPRK’s patience.
By launching the new type of ICBM, the DPRK demonstrated that it will continue to follow the path of its own choice, it is growing stronger in its anti-US feelings and it will counter the
by force of arms. To the US, this must be an unexpected deadly blow. US
Second, the launch of Hwasong 15 is a warning message to the
US president, though pitiably ignorant of both
political and military affairs, takes every opportunity to trumpet about America’s “mightiness” and threaten to “totally
To the DPRK, this invective is no more than a mad dog’s barking. north Korea
The DPRK has strived with perseverance to be on an equal footing with the
in the balance of power, and it
is now fully resolved, and seems ready, to confront the military superpower
with what it already has. The country’s self-defensive military capability has
grown strong enough to strike American citizens with unease, but the US government
has persisted in wielding the stick. US
The recent ICBM launch proves once again that all the parts of the
mainland are within the range of
the DPRK’s missiles. US
Actions speak louder than words, as the saying goes.
For the Trump administration, it will be worth making a correct judgement of how strong its rival is and having a clear understanding of the latter’s warning message. It is absurd to assume that UN resolutions and escalating sanctions can be a “master key.” Such acts of hostility will lead to the destruction of the