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Trump Pushes China To ‘End This Once And For All’ As North Korea Tests Another Missile

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North Korea conducted another ballistic missile test Tuesday.

North Korea fired an unidentified missile into the Sea of Japan/East Sea from an area near an airfield in Banghyon, North Pyongan Province. The North has launched over a dozen missiles this year, with promises to test an intercontinental ballistic missile.

North Korea has tested new and improved short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, as well as surface-to-air and coastal defense missiles. The North has also been testing rocket engines with greater thrust capabilities.

“The series of recent strategic weapons tests show that we are not too far away from test-firing an intercontinental ballistic missile,” North Korean state media said in June, “The DPRK is about 10,400 km far away from New York. But this is just not a long distance for its strike today.”

Trump previously warned that North Korea will not be permitted to develop a missile capable of hitting the continental U.S., stating, “It won’t happen!” It is, however, unclear at this time whether North Korea has developed this kind of technology.

The North lofted Tuesday’s missile, which flew for roughly 40 minutes and covered a distance of nearly 600 miles before splashing down in the ocean. U.S. officials have assessed that the missile was likely an IRBM, not an ICBM. U.S. Pacific Command detected the “single launch of a land-based intermediate-range ballistic missile.”

In response to the latest test, Trump sent out a tweet calling on China to resolve the North Korea problem that has baffled the world for decades.

This test comes on the heels of a meeting between Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Washington and phone calls between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressing the North Korean threat.

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