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North Korea Taunts President Trump With Launch Attempt

On Saturday, an apparent North Korean KN-08  (ICBM) is paraded across Kim Il Sung Square during an army parade in Pyongyang.

The government of South Korean said, Vice President Mike Pence en route to the Korean Peninsula, North Korea attempted a missile launch that failed on Saturday evening (ET).

What It’s Mean: Inside of 100 days of his presidency, President Trump faces a huge provocation, and a massive challenge to diplomatic and army machinery that are new to his teams. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appears to want war, and China has warned the tensions could spiral out of control. It’s Donald Trump’s biggest test.

What We Know:

  • CNN: “The North Koreans use Sinpo shipyard for their submarine activity, and American satellites have observed increased activity there in April.”
  • BBC: “North Korea attempted to test an unidentified type of missile from [its eastern port of] Sinpo, South Korea said, adding that the suspected launch on Sunday had failed.”
  • Reuters: Mike Pence, as part of a 10-day trip to Asia, arrives in South Korea on Sunday in what his aides said was a sign of the American commitment to its ally in the face of rising tensions over the North’s weapons programs.
  • New York Times: “The timing was a deep embarrassment for the North Korea leader, Kim Jong-un, because the missile appeared to have been launched to show off his daring as a fleet of the United States warplanes approached his country to deter provocations.”
  • AP: “Aside from improving the technology, North Korean missile and nuclear tests are seen by outside analysts partly as efforts to bolster the domestic image of leader Kim Jong Un and apply political pressure on Washington and Seoul.”

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