North Korea Launches ICBM That May Be Able To Reach East Coast Of North America

Launch underscores the need for Canada to join the missile defence program ASAP.

North Korea has launched what may be their most powerful missile yet, potentially putting the east coast of North America (and thus the entire continent) within range of a nuclear attack.

As noted by Reuters, “The South Korean military said the missile reached an altitude of around 4,500 km (2,800 miles) – more than 10 times the height of the international space station – and flew 960 km (600 miles) before landing in Japan’s exclusive economic zone.”

The U.S., Japan, and South Korea have all agreed that it was likely an ICBM.

U.S. Defence Secretary James Mattis said, “It went higher frankly than any previous shot they’ve taken, a research and development effort on their part to continue building ballistic missiles that can threaten everywhere in the world, basically.”

The United States says they are still seeking a diplomatic solution, though all options – including military – are on the table.

Here’s what U.S. President Donald Trump said after the launch:

Canada must join missile defence program

In a dangerous world, we can’t hope for the best. We need to be prepared for anything, and that means protecting our citizens with a missile defence program.

The government needs to stop the pointless talking and delays, and just join the missile defence program ASAP.

Spencer Fernando