Transcript for North Korea launches another intercontinental ballistic missile
The latest move by North Korea involving another Intercontinental ballistic missile. Kim Jong Hoon claims they are now able to hit the entire United States at any time. ABC's Gloria Rivera. Is in Washington would more on the launch. And how the United States is responding good morning Gloria. Good morning John good morning Paulette North Korea delivering on its promise ignoring multiple warnings from the US and going ahead with its eleventh missile test. This year alone we're learning more about the launch site which came as someone of a surprise move young me. It's a mountainous region near China where the regime is believed to hide it numerous missiles in underground tunnel. Blasting off a launch pad near the Chinese border this North Korean missile for the first time appearing capable of reaching across the continental US. North Korea later releasing photos claiming to show leader Kim young man posing next to what it says is in class some fourteen missile. North Koreans have a missile that can hit the lower 48 but now we're talking Seattle. Denver Chicago maybe even as far as new York and Washington DC. Moments after learning of this alarming development the president on a conference call with his national security team. In a statement the president condemned the launch calling it reckless and dangerous saying. The United States will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the American homeland. And protect our allies in the region the United States is also advancing its capabilities with of what are called ground based interceptors. And intercept these North Korean missiles before they could reach land. The Intercontinental ballistic missile went higher and flew longer than this powerful July 4 test. I was airborne for about 45 minutes shooting approximately 2300. Miles into space before coming down in the Sea of Japan. 620. Miles from its launch site but the north Koreans can lower the angle of that trajectory to vastly extend the range. Potentially all the way to the east coasts of the US. This latest tests did not demonstrate whether North Korea can successfully arm the missile with a nuclear warhead but just this week the Defense Intelligence Agency predicted that could happen within a year. In response to US staged a joint military exercise with South Korea but some experts say only getting back to negotiation table will help. Military threats or bluster will won't stop them it's time for the president of the United States the great deal breaker to see if you make a deal. North Korean media is reporting that the leader Kim Jung and vows he will continue these tests targeting the US. The president of the United States' closest ally in the region South Korea. Once a top with the United States about deploying more anti missile defense units in the region. And tougher sanctions from the UN John Paula thank you Gloria.
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