A missile test video released by North Korea’s state-run news service on Wednesday shows dictator Kim Jong-un giddily jumping up and down, giggling and hugging generals as an intermediate-range missile soared toward Japan.
The test shown in the clip actually took place in June 2016, and still photos of the launch were released at that time.
As the cameras tracked the missile’s progress, the narrator excitedly pronounced that North Korea now has the ability to target all of Japan as well as U.S. territories in the Pacific while upbeat patriotic music played in the background.
The missile, as reported by Reuters, is called the Hwasong-10 and it could have a range of about 1,860 miles.
Still, that does not mean that North Korea has the ability to conduct a nuclear attack on America. At least, not yet.
They would still need a longer-reaching missile, a smaller nuclear warhead, and more advanced targeting technology to achieve this goal — a goal that Kim Jong-un recently said he was in the “last stage” of making a reality.
United States officials have reported that North Korea appears to be preparing for another missile test launch in the coming days or weeks.
Officials have said that they are prepared to shoot down any missile fired at the U.S. or an ally while President Trump tweeted that the test “won’t happen.”
North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won't happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017
In the past, Trump has made radically varying statements on Kim Jong-un – calling him both a “maniac” and someone with whom he would like to enjoy a hamburger.
“Who the hell cares? I’ll speak to anybody. Who knows?” Trump said in June regarding the possibility of meeting with Kim. “There’s a 10 percent or a 20 percent chance that I can talk him out of those damn nukes because who the hell wants him to have nukes?”
Looking at Kim’s gleeful face in this video though, it seems that Trump’s odds of success might not be so good.