North Korea says it has successfully test-fired a new type of ballistic missile over the weekend, claiming a step forward in a weapons program it is pursuing in violation of United Nations resolutions. Ryan Brooks reports.
North Korea hailing its weekend missile launch as a success. State media claiming Monday (February 13) the test-fire is a step forward for Pyongyang's weapons program. By their account, the Pukguksong-2 is a new ballistic missile that can be capped with a nuclear weapon. North Korea's conducted five nuclear tests, including two in the last year, and boasts it can make a nuclear weapon small enough to mount on a missile. Whether or not that's true, Sunday's launch is the first challenge to U.S. President Donald Trump's tough line on the North. He spoke from Florida after the launch standing next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who called the test quote "absolutely intolerable" (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "I just want everybody to understand, and fully know, that the United States of America is behind Japan, our great ally, 100 percent." A U.S. official telling Reuters Trump's likely to look at a list of responses, including even tighter financial sanctions, ramping up U.S. navy and air presence around the Korean peninsula, and speeding up the rollout out a new missile defense system in the South. Once it's ready, a true North Korean intercontinental missile could threaten the mainland U.S. Trump officials say it's likely any American response will be muted, at least until an ICBM is in the North's hands, or it tests a sixth nuclear weapon.