Pyongyang: Thousands of North Koreans rallied in Kim Il Sung square to celebrate the launch of their country’s first intercontinental ballistic missile with a huge fireworks display.
Pyongyang announced on Tuesday it had successfully test-launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile, Hwasong-14, a potential game-changing development in what may be the world’s most dangerous nuclear standoff.
On Thursday, thousands of Army personnel and people gathered in strict formation at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang for an impressive fireworks display to mark the occasion.
Fireworks lit up the sky over Pyongyang’s Juche Tower, while in the square, people in traditional dress performed dances. The pomp and ceremony was to celebrate the launch of intercontinental ballistic missile – something President Donald Trump previously declared ‘won’t happen!’
A U.S. scientist examining the height and distance said the missile could potentially be powerful enough to reach Alaska. In typically heated rhetoric, North Korea’s Academy of Defense Science said the test of an ICBM — the Hwasong-14 — marked the ‘final step’ in creating a ‘confident and powerful nuclear state that can strike anywhere on Earth.’
President Trump on Thursday called North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile test ‘very, very bad behavior’ and said that there would be ‘consequences’ for Pyongyang’s belligerence.
Tuesday’s launch marked a milestone in Pyongyang’s decades-long drive to threaten the US mainland with a nuclear strike, posing a tough policy challenge for Trump, who is has clashed with Beijing over how to handle Kim Jong-Un’s regime.
Trump has repeatedly urged Pyongyang’s chief backer China to rein in the Stalinist state in, taking to Twitter this week to publicly berate Beijing for not squeezing the North hard enough on trade. China responded Thursday with a call for more moderate language from all sides.