On Tuesday, as many were celebrating American Independence, North Korea tested another missile launch, this time on a warhead with long-range capabilities, known as an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM).
Video of that launch has been released.
CNN’s Barbara Starr reports that Pentagon officials originally thought that the missile in the video was short range; however, upon further inspection, they are now confident that it is an ICBM.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council in response to North Korea’s actions, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson described the launch as, “a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region, and the world.”
The launch came just one day before President Donald Trump was set to depart for Europe where he will be stopping in Poland before heading to Germany for the G-20 Summit.
At the G-20, the president will be speaking with other major world leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping. For months, President Trump has been pressuring Xi to use his influence over the North Koreans in attempts to get them to end their missile program.
However, Wednesday morning, Trump released a new statement regarding the relationship between China and North Korea.
Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2017
Heading into the G-20 Summit, many will be watching for a further change in policy regarding the United States and China due to North Korea’s latest actions.