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North Korea’s latest missile launch represents a potentially dangerous step forward in their missile program.
It is believed the missile was an ICBM, and there are concerns it could reach North America.
North Korea’s state-run media says the Hwasong-14 missile flew a distance of 933 km and hit a maximum altitude of 2,802 km. It was in the air for 39 minutes.
As noted by Reuters, “Some analysts said the flight details suggested the new missile had a range of more than 8,000 km (4,970 miles), which would put significant parts of the U.S. mainland in range, representing major advances in its program.”
Even worse, “Kim Dong-yub, a military expert at Seoul’s Kyungnam University, said that if launched on a standard angle, the missile could have a range of more than 8,000 km (4,970 miles).”
The Trump administration has said they “will not accept” a North Korean weapon capable of reaching the United States.
The North Korean missile test is another example of how our world is a dangerous place. Canada can’t simply hope for the best. It is essential that we strengthen our defence capabilities, including investing in missile defence programs. While working with the US missile defence program would be the immediate solution, Canada should develop our own missile defence technology to ensure the long-term security of our nation.
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